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The Celtic transfer promise that came true for Olivier Ntcham as Swansea City move ‘perfect’ for ex-Man City man

Olivier Ntcham says his move to Swansea City was the “perfect choice” for him and revealed the key role sporting director Mark Allen played in his move to south Wales.

Free agent Ntcham signed for the club the day after the transfer window closed, making him the ninth player through the doors at the Swansea.com Stadium this summer.

He has signed a three-year deal in SA1, having played for Celtic last season.

Ntcham has an impressive array of clubs on his CV, having spent five years with Manchester City, where he first met Allen, who was working as the Citizens’ academy director at the time.

Allen moved on to Rangers where he again came across Ntcham during Old Firm games, and a promise he made then has now come true, reveals the 25-year-old.

“Mark had a lot to do with the move as he has known me since I was 16 years old,” said Ntcham.

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“He was the one who brought me to Manchester City and I spent five years there.

“We have a really good relationship, I must be honest and say I did not know he was working for Swansea as I had last seen him at Rangers when I was at Celtic.

“I was talking with him and the coach and our conversations about everything were good.

“It’s true Mark used to speak to me after the games against Rangers (and say he would like to sign me again).

“I used to think it was because he was angry as we used to beat them a lot, but it is true he used to say that. Now it is true.”

Ntcham is now training with his new team-mates after maintaining his fitness at the world-renowned French training base at Clairefontaine for the past month.

It is something of a fresh start for the midfielder, who says Swansea was the “perfect choice” for him because he would get the opportunity to play – something that was a priority for him.

His conversations with Martin were also pivotal to the move, he says, with the coach’s philosophy key for Ntcham.

“I am really excited because this is a new challenge in my life and in my career. I want to get down to playing games and get back on the pitch,” he added.

“This is the right club for me because my priority was to play, and not to go somewhere and stay on the bench or only play some games. I want to play as many games as possible.

“When I was on the phone to the coach, I got a good feeling. He has a clear idea of the way he wants to play, it fits with my style of football and I think this was the perfect choice for me.

“It was great to get out and train, it was enjoyable. I had been training alone for over a month so it was difficult, and it was so nice to be back out on the pitch with a team.

“It has been tough, I was in Paris with my family and I was working in the camp in Clairefontaine.

“It is a famous camp, but it is still difficult because you don’t know if the sensations are right when you don’t have opposition in front of you.

“So, I am glad to be back on the team.”

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