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Franck Tabanou critical of Swansea after returning to St Etienne on loan

Published 21/01/2016

Swansea's Franck Tabanou is heading back to St Etienne on loan until the end of this season
Swansea's Franck Tabanou is heading back to St Etienne on loan until the end of this season

Franck Tabanou has hit out at Swansea after leaving the club to return to St Etienne on loan.

The French club on Thursday announced the 26-year-old full-back will rejoin them until the end of the season, just months after he signed for Swansea on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

The former France Under-21 international has made only three appearances - all in cup competitions - for the Barclays Premier League side and told French newspaper L'Equipe of his frustrations as he headed home.

"I had gone to Swansea to get to the next level, to get my foot in the Premier League and to then go higher," Tabanou said. "Unfortunately, it didn't happen the way I wanted. They did not give me my chance. I do not understand.

"And I think, if I had stayed, my situation wouldn't have changed. The club is in a terrible situation and despite that, they never let me play.

"Tactically, they are not at the top. They have their players, they will fight until the last minute. This is not the way I play.

"I might have been able to make more effort but I also expect an effort from them."

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