Staggered left-back Federico Bessone admits he was lost for words after making a dream beat-the-deadline move to rejoin former club Swansea City – so escaping his Leeds United nightmare.
The Argentinian defender, who made just six league appearances for the Whites – with his last one coming in the 5-2 thrashing at Barnsley just under 12 months ago – was out in Leeds on Wednesday afternoon with Luciano Becchio when his agent got in touch to set the wheels in motion for his stunning move back to south Wales.
The 27-year-old, who joined Leeds on a three-year deal in the summer of 2010, then raced down Britain’s motorway network to get the deal finalised after United agreed to cancel his contract to facilitate the transfer.
Bessone’s move was bizarrely sparked by Swans defender Alan Tate suffering a broken leg while riding as a passenger in a golf buggy on Sunday, with Tate’s misfortune prompting boss Brendan Rodgers to enter the transfer market to bring in left-back cover.
And it was clearly a case of one man’s misfortune being another’s gain.
On the shock developments, Bessone, who spent much of the second half of last season on loan at Charlton Athletic, told the YEP: “I couldn’t believe it. I’m so happy and excited; I don’t have enough words to describe how I’m feeling now.
“I spoke with my family and they couldn’t believe it also.
“It had been one of the worst summers I’ve had as a football player and now everything has changed in one day and I’m the happiest guy in the world!
“I couldn’t sleep (on Wednesday night)! Nothing was happening on deadline day; I was relaxing and my agent called me and said that Swansea were looking for left-back cover.
“I was with my friend Becchio and we were in the city centre in Leeds. I received the call at something like three in the afternoon. I couldn’t drive to Swansea until five because I had to wait a little for the papers to be sorted out and my agent had to speak with Leeds to release my contract.
“I then got in my car and drove as quick as I could! Swansea was a long way, but when you have to do something like I did, you don’t mind.
“I had no idea Swansea were interested. I did have a bit of a chance last Christmas, but then it did not happen and I didn’t expect to go back there.
“Now I just want to help the guys and the team. Alan’s injury is an opportunity for me, even though I feel sorry for him; he’s a nice fellow.”
On his time at Leeds, Bessone said: “To be honest, I couldn’t enjoy it like I did at Swansea. I played six league games and two cup games; that’s all. After that, I didn’t have the confidence of the manager and went on loan to Charlton, which was good for me.
“The style just didn’t suit me at Leeds. I didn’t see any team play like Swansea did in the Championship. I went to Swansea to watch the game against Leeds last season and you could see the difference between the teams.
“I feel sorry it didn’t work out as I wanted to show them (Leeds) my quality and I couldn’t.
“But Leeds is in the past now and I want to enjoy it at Swansea. I’m with the guys I used to play with and I still know most of them so I’m happy.”
Whites boss Simon Grayson took time out to wish the departing defender well, despite effectively freezing him out of his first-team plans since last autumn.
He added: “It didn’t really happen for Fede here. He had a few injuries and probably didn’t really reach the level of performance everybody expected him to get to when we signed him.
“when we got him from Swansea he was a very capable player who looked part of a team that didn’t leak too many goals. For whatever reason, it didn’t happen for him, whether it was he couldn’t settle up here or in front of the Elland Road crowd or because he got a few injuries.
“But the opportunity came for him to go back to Swansea and we wish him well. He’s a good lad who trained hard and obviously Swansea like him to take him (back) into the Premier League.”