Dan James makes Swansea vow as star opens up on failed Leeds move

Dan James has pledged to continue giving Swansea his all after the winger spoke for the first time on the breakdown of his deadline day transfer to Leeds United.

The 21-year-old’s move from Swansea to Leeds broke down on deadline day due to conflict between former Swans chairman Huw Jenkins and the Welsh club’s American owners, Steve Kaplan and Jason Levien, over the sale of the highly-rated prospect.

Leeds had agreed a deal with Swansea to sign the winger on loan before making the move a permanent £10m deal – subject to their promotion – at the end of the season.

However, Swans’ refusal to sanction the deal amid a row among their senior board members led to quite the fall-out – with the player’s agent hitting out at the Welsh club over their treatment of the player.

James was then left out of Swansea’s matchday squad this weekend to give him time “to clear his head” – with some questioning whether the player would turn out for Swans again due the frustration at not being granted the move to Marcelo Bielsa’s side.

However, James has now spoken to Swansea’s official site to pledge his commitment to the cause, having opened up on the breakdown of his transfer to Elland Road.

“It has been a tough few days with everything that’s gone on,” James said. “But I’m back here now, I trained today and I really enjoyed it. “I do love it here, the boys have welcomed me back and there were a few laughs and jokes. It’s been just the same as it has been.”

James remained in his hometown of Beverley, East Yorkshire, over the weekend with the blessing of Swansea boss Graham Potter, who admitted his side would need to be “patient” following last week’s transfer drama.

And the winger explained: “We had the conversation before the game and we agreed it was right for me not to play the game on Saturday.

“It wasn’t that my head wouldn’t have been in the game. My head is here but with going back and forth I didn’t feel I’d prepared myself right and the last thing I wanted was to have a bad game and people think my head wasn’t in it.

“What the manager said was great for me as it was a tough time for him to speak to me and it helped me settle down.”

Swansea face Millwall at home on Saturday before travelling to face Leeds on Wednesday February 13.


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