Sky Sports - Sousa criticises absent Bodde Swansea boss criticises Bodde after no-show
New Swansea manager Paolo Sousa has criticised Ferrie Bodde after the Dutch playmaker failed to report for pre-season training.
His absence comes after the Championship outfit turned down an offer from Bolton for the 27-year-old, with Bodde believed to have been keen to move up to the Premier League.
While Sousa has criticised Bodde's conduct, the Portuguese coach insists the star midfielder - who is currently in the final stages of recovering from a knee injury - is still very much part of his plans.
Sousa said: "Ferrie's a great player but he needs to be a better professional.
"He (needs) to have more respect for his colleagues, for the club, for myself and especially for himself as a player and as a professional."
He added: "We want to see how (Bodde's) knee is after the operation, to integrate him into our squad.
"We believe Ferrie can play a high standard and we want him playing for us. I would welcome him back to be part of our squad, he's a talented player who can get us our results."
Swans Evening Post - Bodde row twist Tuesday, June 30, 2009,
FERRIE Bodde's representatives have accused Swansea City of putting a "ridiculous" price tag on the player after Paulo Sousa accused him of lacking respect. Sousa marked his first day's training as Swansea manager by hitting out at Bodde after he failed to turn up. The player's camp have responded by claiming Swansea are being unreasonable in demanding £5million for his services — and have given no assurances over when he will return to Wales. Bodde looks certain to face a fine of up to two weeks' wages after his no-show on the opening day of pre-season. But even that sanction seems unlikely to have much impact on a player who appears determined to leave the Liberty Stadium. "Swansea are using bad words against Ferrie and yet they know exactly why he wasn't at training," a spokesman for Bodde told the Post. "We made an appointment with the chairman, Huw Jenkins, and we thought he would come over to Holland last weekend. "We spoke to him about that last Friday but the appointment did not happen and now the chairman is unreachable. "We wanted to speak with him before Ferrie came back to Swansea but that did not happen. At the moment I cannot say when he will return
Swansea Official Site Ferrie meets with Paulo Sousa Posted on: Wed 01 Jul 2009
Swansea City can confirm that Ferrie Bodde returned to the Liberty Stadium from his native Holland this afternoon.
The midfielder met with manager, Paulo Sousa, and chairman, Huw Jenkins, to apologise and explain that he was absent from training early this week in order to complete medical examinations and tie up his affairs in Holland.
Following the successful meeting Ferrie, along with a member of the club's medical staff, has agreed to meet with the doctor that operated on his cruciate ligament injury in order to check on the progress he has been making.
It has been agreed that he will go back to Holland to continue his rehabilitation and then return to Swansea on July 12 in order to complete his rehabilitation and integrate progressively into training with the first-team squad.
Paulo Sousa also met with last season's top-scorer, Jason Scotland, who started his preparations for pre-season this morning after being given extra time to recover following a spell with the Trinidad & Tobago national side.