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Swansea criticise Utrecht over Vorm transfer comments

Swansea City have criticised Dutch club Utrecht over comments they made in relation to the ongoing Michel Vorm transfer case.

Vorm made 89 appearances for Swansea before moving to Tottenham. Credit: PA

Vorm's 2014 transfer to Spurs was the subject of a Court of Arbitration for Sport hearing at the end of January, following a complaint from Utrecht.

The 32-year-old goalkeeper's former club claim they are owed a sell-on fee for a player they sold to Swansea for 1.5million in 2011. He went on to make 97 appearances for the Welsh club.

Holland international Vorm left Swansea for Spurs on the same day as defender Ben Davies, with forward Gylfi Sigurdsson going the other way, and Utrecht questioned why the goalkeeper, with two years left on his contract, was given a zero value in the transactions.

Utrecht director Wilco van Schaik, quoted by Dutch TV station RTV Utrecht last weekend, said CAS had "proven them right on some points" but that "overall they had been defeated".

However, there has been no official statement from the Lausanne-based court and Swansea issued a terse statement concerning the case on Tuesday.

Swansea has seen the comments made on behalf of Utrecht and was extremely surprised and disappointed at both their timing and inaccuracy," read the statement on the club's official website. We wish to make it clear that both clubs have been instructed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport to refrain from comment pending publication of the full decision by the court and we have fully respected this. Immediately as that occurs the club will make a clear and full comment.

– Swansea City spokesperson

The Dutch Eredivisie outfit have previously had their case dismissed by world football's governing body FIFA.

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Gareth Bale looks forward to linking up with Wales after fitness scare

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Gareth Bale has declared himself ready for Wales' Euro 2016 campaign.

Bale gave Wales a huge fitness scare during Real Madrid's Champions League final victory on Saturday night when he was barely able to run during the 30 minutes of extra time.

The 26-year-old had a severe bout of cramp against Atletico Madrid, but he was forced to stay on the pitch as Real had used their three substitutes.

Bale still managed to step up and score in the penalty shoot-out as the Wales squad watched on anxiously from their pre-Euros training camp in Portugal.

Wales boss Chris Coleman names his squad this afternoon.

We are going to need him through this tournament definitely, it is on the world stage and everyone will be watching. He is a top player and he knows how to handle that.

His experience will be valuable in and around the dressing room when it comes to it. He has the most experience of all of us of big occasions, and normally he doesn't let us down.

– Ashley Williams, Wales Captain

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