John Swift glad he ditched Chelsea for Reading – ‘I wanted a team that played good football, that suited my style’

John Swift could have opted for life in the comfort zone last summer. wanted to keep the gifted midfield player and if he had accepted the offer, he might well have been at Wembley next Saturday at the FA Cup final against Arsenal. As a spectator. Instead, the 21-year-old will appear at the national stadium two days later in the game tagged as the richest one in football – the play-off final. Swift has played a major part in helping Reading to the clash with Huddersfield and there will be another key role for him on May 29. “We are confident going there,” said the midfield player who was an FA Youth Cup winner with Chelsea in 2012 and part of the England Under-21 squad that triumphed in the prestigious Toulon tournament last summer. Swift wanted to impress in that tournament because his contract was up at Chelsea and he wanted to move on to secure regular football. “I could have stayed at Chelsea but I had three loan spells while I was there and I wanted to be involved week in, week out,” said Swift whose team beat Fulham 2-1 on aggregate in the semi-final. “I could have stayed at Chelsea but I didn’t want to go out on loan again,” he recalled. “I wanted to sign for a tcontent_imgeam and do well for myself. Toulon was good for me. I wasn’t signing for Chelsea so I wanted to go out there and do well. I had a good season at Brentford on loan and I was hoping I could find another club.” He found it at Reading. There were other offers but it was the lure of playing for Jaap Stam at Reading that sealed the deal. “As soon as I heard Jaap Stam was interested in taking me to Reading, that had brizio Sarri has finally departed London for Turin after Chelsea and Juventus came to terms with a compensation packet. And the Chelsea-manager-official-approach-Derby-County-Maurizio-Sarri-Juventus”>Daily Express says the Blues aren’t waiting any loneen interested straight away,” said Swift. “You look at his background and he was such a great player. At Ajax, they play good football, football that I want to play. I wanted to go to a team that suited the way I like to play. “I met Jaap before I signed and I made my decision straight away. It was easy.” This season ? “ My confidence is growing now, it has been a great season.” Now comes Wembley – and Swift is hoping for a better experience than on his last visit. While on loan at Swindon, they reached the League One play-off final to play Preston in 2015. One problem – Swindon were packed with loFlorian Thauvin.Sky Sports says the former Newcastle United winger could be set for a stunning Premier League return this summer.Thauvin is now said to be in Emery’s sights, with Marseille reportedly ready to sell some of their biggest names to complanees and Swift was the one to miss out because of the restriction on the number who could play. “I had to sit in the stand and watch,” he said. And he had to watch his adopted club lose 4-0. He is hoping for a different outcome next Monday.

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