Daniel James: Swansea star plays down talk over future despite Premier League interest – The Independent

Daniel James: Swansea star plays down talk over future despite Premier League interest - The Independent

Daniel James on coping with failed Leeds move and contract talks

Wales hero Daniel James has vowed to focus on his football and not be distracted as Premier League clubs – as well as suitors Leeds – monitor his contract situation at Swansea.

James scored a superb winner as Wales opened their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign with a 1-0 win over Slovakia in Cardiff on Sunday.

ByWill Butcher Published on March 26, 2019 Share Tweet Comment Dan James has told TeamTalk that he is still in contract talks with Swansea City over a new deal, which could prove to be a blow for Leeds United ahead of the summer transfer window.

The 21-year-old winger was on the verge of joining Leeds during the final hours of the January transfer window before Swansea pulled the plug on a potential £10million deal.

James is contracted at the cash-strapped Sky Bet Championship club until the summer of 2020, with talks over a new deal ongoing amid reports that the player’s camp are keen to have a buy-out clause inserted.

There could be further approaches for Dan James when the summer transfer window comes around, with Leeds United amongst those who could remake their move for the impressive Swansea City winger.  

“This time last season I wasn’t playing first-team football, but it’s something that can happen.

The promotion-chasing outfit were deprived of their primary target in dramatic circumstances, leaving Phil Hay and his multitude of loyal followers in a state of bewildered meltdown. Circumstances will surely dictate whether the Whites return for James in the summer: promotion will line Andrea Radrizanni’s pockets with mounds upon mounds of cash and Swansea’s awareness of the financial implications of promotion will naturally give them added power on the negotiating table.

“If you get your opportunity you can take it and now it’s a case of ‘can I do more?”

But the pulsating 21-year-old may have already priced Leeds out of a move with his performance against Manchester City in the FA Cup just under ten days ago. A game which was broadcast live on the BBC, Swansea shell-shocked the quadruple-chasing giants in a captivating first-half. James was at the forefront of every incisive move the Swans constructed, leaving Nicolas Otamendi in a pool of treacle as he flicked the jets on his heels before racing forward at Olympian-esque speed.

Leeds are expected to come back in for James this summer, but they will almost certainly face competition from top-flight clubs following James’ international breakthrough.

Just as City’s wealth and exponential rise from clinical mediocrity to elite domination is unprecedented, so was their transfer activity on August 31st 2008. Transfer stories further down the leagues seldom generate the same level of interest as those concerning Premier League clubs, but the culmination of Leeds United’s lengthy and well documented pursuit of Daniel James was a deadline-day story for the annals.

Swansea’s finances remain precarious following relegation from the Premier League in May 2018 and a budget deficit of more than £30million.

A recent report from the Daily Telegraph revealed that James has previously clocked up a personal best top speed of 36kph, just one kph shy of the official FIFA record set by Arjen Robben in 2014. Pace is one of the rawest and most unteachable virtues in football and it’s a commodity which clubs intensely desire, so there’s no doubt that Fisher’s verdict could turn prophetic in the summer window.

It was announced last week that the club are seeking redundancies among all staff other than players and manager Graham Potter.

It was the type of performance which, in-front of a national audience, can launch a player into stardom in one fleeting 90 minute slice of football. Those who had heard tales of the James to Leeds saga finally understood what all the fuss was about, and it’s fair to assume that Premier League clubs will have been watching with legitimate intrigue.

Swansea have seen 16 senior players depart since relegation and only five arrive, but James has remained upbeat since his Leeds move collapsed amid some acrimony between the two clubs.

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“It was about keep playing football and enjoying it, and that’s what I’ve been doing.”

Leeds fans react to Dan James international display

James was born in the Yorkshire market town of Beverley but qualifies for Wales through his Aberdare-born father.

Former Leeds United target Dan James scored the goal, while Whites youngster Tyler Roberts came off the bench.

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He was at the Hull academy from the age of eight, but he joined Swansea in 2014 and scored on his senior debut in an 8-1 FA Cup victory over Notts County in February 2018.

James has become a Swansea regular this season and made his Wales debut in a low-key friendly away to Albania in November.

Wales youngster Daniel James reveals Swansea contract talks are ongoing

He rose to prominence with an incredible solo FA Cup goal against Brentford in February, when he covered 84 yards in just 8.48 seconds before scoring, and was then on target five minutes in to his first competitive start for Wales.

“It’s massive the way the gaffer has trusted the youth,” James said of Wales manager Ryan Giggs.

“A lot of us have played together at the Under-21s and I think that really helps, we’ve got a great team bond.

“The gaffer and Gareth (Bale) have shown me a lot. The gaffer told me for the Slovakia game to keep doing what I do at Swansea and Gareth said ‘keep getting at the full-back’, which is what I did.”

James scored a superb winner as Wales opened their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign with a 1-0 win over Slovakia in Cardiff on Sunday.

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The 21-year-old winger was on the verge of joining Leeds during the final hours of the January transfer window before Swansea pulled the plug on a potential £10million deal.

James is contracted at the cash-strapped Sky Bet Championship club until the summer of 2020, with talks over a new deal ongoing amid reports that the players camp are keen to have a buy-out clause inserted.

This time last season I wasnt playing first-team football, but its something that can happen.

Leeds were expected to come back in for James this summer, but they will almost certainly face competition from top-flight clubs following James international breakthrough.

Swanseas finances remain precarious following relegation from the Premier League in May 2018 and a budget deficit of more than £30million.

It was announced last week that the club are seeking redundancies among all staff other than players and manager Graham Potter.

Swansea have seen 16 senior players depart since relegation and only five arrive, but James has remained upbeat since his Leeds move collapsed amid some acrimony between the two clubs.

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