Swansea City transfer news as Michael Obafemi addresses Burnley interest for the first time and Rangers and Hearts friendlies are arranged

Obafemi addresses Burnley interest and reveals goal target

Michael Obafemi thanked Russell Martin for his management following Burnley’s interest during the summer transfer window.

The Swans rejected numerous offers from the Clarets for the Republic of Ireland international – who was later omitted from the squads for the matchday against Queens Park Rangers and Sheffield United.

He has since been reinstated to the team and played a key role in Swansea’s rise through the Championship table. And Obafemi opened up about the conversations he had with manager Martin at a time when Vincent Kompany’s team showed strong interest in the leader.

“Obviously it was a difficult situation, but I spoke to Russ, I spoke to Jake [Silverstein, club director] and ultimately the best thing for me was being here,” he explained.

“I was out of the team, which was a little annoying and I got frustrated with it, but I just wanted to work hard and help the team. I know what I can do with my skill, so I just wanted to make sure I could apply that with the team and help them win games.

“Russell has helped me a lot, his management of men has been amazing. Sometimes I think it’s a little rough at the moment, but he’s been absolutely amazing. He knows how I work and I know how he works now, so we have a brilliant relationship.

“For me, it’s huge. If I feel welcome and we have a good connection, I feel like this is the way to get the best out of me. We definitely have a good relationship.”

Obafemi scored his third goal of the campaign in Swansea’s 2-0 victory over local rivals Cardiff City on Sunday. All but one of his 12 league goals last season came from February onwards, and the 22-year-old has revealed he is targeting at least 20 goals this season.

“More than twenty,” he said when asked about his goalscoring goal for the season. “I feel like last year, if I had been in it before New Years, I think I would have made it. Obviously I’ve had this transition period. I just want to be able to go straight and start racing.”

Cooper’s Contract Pleasure
Ollie Cooper says his new contract with Swansea capped what has been a memorable week after his goalscoring exploits in the South Wales derby.

The academy product scored its third goal of the campaign as the hosts beat the Bluebirds 2-0 at Swansea.com Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Just five days after that triumph, Cooper signed a new long-term contract with Swansea to stay at the club until the summer of 2027.

“I’m over the moon to sort this out. It’s been a hell of a week to score against Cardiff and now to top it off with a new deal to make sure I stay here until 2027 is huge,” he told the club’s website.

“There is always room to grow and improve. I’m working hard with the team, who really helped me develop and improve game by game. I’m excited to see where this goes.

“It’s great to have the security of knowing that I can continue playing and developing here. I think this will allow me to improve, kick and progress.

“I feel like I am in such a good environment and at such a good club. At the moment, I’m just looking forward to everything to come.

“When things are going the way they are right now, you just want to be on the field as much as possible.”

Scheduled friendlies
Swansea will play Rangers and Hearts during the World Cup break.

Russell Martin’s men take on Huddersfield Town at John Smith Stadium on Saturday 12 November before the Championship schedule is put on hold for a month due to the tournament in Qatar.

Those on the Swansea squad not involved in the global final will have a break before the Swans head to Scotland for a mini training camp at the end of November.

And it has been confirmed that the Swans will face Scottish Premiership duo Hearts and Rangers in friendlies behind closed doors in a bid to stay in top physical shape ahead of the championship against Norwich City in South Wales on December 10.

Pruton’s prediction
David Prutton expects Swansea to continue their rich form as they defeat Bristol City this weekend.

The Swans head to Ashton Gate having won six of their last seven matches to take fourth place in the Championship table. And after Sunday’s 2-0 win over Cardiff City, Prutton believes Russell Martin’s men will leave Bristol with three points on Saturday afternoon.

“Bristol City just cannot maintain any consistency,” he wrote on Sky Sports. “They follow a great victory at West Brom with a disappointing defeat at Reading. That’s why they find themselves where they are.

“Swansea, meanwhile, are flying in the minute. They will be on the upswing after their derby day win over Cardiff. I will support them to claim another victory here.”

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