Franck Tabanou signed for Swansea City at the start of last season, and was later sent on loan to AS Saint-Étienne in January. The French left back didn’t manage a single minute of league football at Swansea last season, but featured in three cup games.
Tabanou was expected to leave Swansea this summer, and didn’t even participate in Swansea’s pre-season training in the United States. The 27-year-old has been speaking to French newspaper L’Equipe, and it seems he is determined to stay at the Welsh club this season.
He said: “I’ve decided to stay. I know that this year I will get my chance to pick a place in the starting XI and to keep it.”
Asked if his situation has changed at the club, he replied: “It’s true that at first I was put a little away from the pro group, I haven’t participated in July in pre-season training in the United States.
“But I remained professional, I continued to work and over the weeks I showed my intention to try to impose myself here. And slowly, I returned to the pro group.
“I also work more physically because I didn’t play any friendly matches, to return to the top and take off in the Premier League. The staff also made me understand that I had to keep working to get ready for my chance.”
Tabanou also revealed he had offers this summer, but he didn’t want to leave the club.
He added:”Yes, do I go, do I stay? I had loads but I didn’t really want to leave, yet be loaned, be in instability.
“I wanted to stay here. There is also family life, a second child is expected within a month. I wanted to stay here because I feel good and I want to succeed.
“It went wrong last season, but that was due to me too. I think I learned this last year and I will not repeat the same mistakes. It’s up to me to get my spot.”