Bodde bids farewell to Swansea

Dutch midfielder returns to Den Haag

Ferrie Bodde: Dutch midfielder leaves Swansea City after five years

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Midfielder Ferrie Bodde has bid an emotional farewell to Swansea City following the expiry of his contract with the Welsh club.

Bodde's deal with the Swans ran out over the weekend and the 30-year-old has now started training with his hometown club of ADO Den Haag.

The Dutchman's time at the Liberty Stadium was nagged with fitness problems and he is now trying to make a successful return from a third cruciate ligament injury.

Bodde, though, has only good memories of his time at Swansea and admits that he is sad to be leaving the Premier League outfit.

Missing Swansea

"It feels as if I'm leaving home (Swansea) to go home (Den Haag)," he said on the Swans' official website.

"After five years here, I'm going to miss Swansea and its people.

"It's been frustrating at times with all the injuries, but the fans have always been very supportive and warm towards me.

"That support has helped me fight my way back from the injuries and I will always be extremely grateful to them for that.

"Playing an important part in the side that clinched promotion to the Championship under Roberto Martinez was a big highlight for me, along with experiencing the first Swansea versus Cardiff derby in the Carling Cup.

"The build-up was something else and the atmosphere during the game was amazing. I still watch the DVD now - it felt like a World Cup final!

"But I'll always be sad that I couldn't work properly under Brendan Rodgers and show him what I could do."