Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers has no 'gripe' with Dorus de Vries

Dorus de Vries
Dorus de Vries joined Wolves from Swansea in the summer as a free agent

Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers says he has no hard feelings for Dorus de Vries as they prepare to play the club he left them for, Wolverhampton Wanderers.

De Vries left the Liberty Stadium last summer to join Wolves, where the Dutchman is reserve goalkeeper behind Wales international Wayne Hennessey.

"I've got no gripe against him whatsoever," Rodgers said ahead of Saturday's Premier League encounter.

"I sit here fortunate I got the chance to work with Dorus who was a good man."

But Rodgers says De Vries' replacement and compatriot, Michel Vorm, has proved a fine addition.

"I'm obviously thankful that we found the replacement [Vorm] that has fitted in seamlessly into our group and produced some great performances so far," Rodgers added.

"We've got a Dutch international goalkeeper... wonderful man, great talent and... has all his best years ahead of him.

"All I can speak of in terms of Dorus is his time here. He was brilliant in my time here, I stressed right the way through last season I felt he was important for us to re-sign.

"But the two parties, him and the club couldn't find an agreement and he felt the challenge and change was needed at this point in his career.

"I said at the time I was very, very disappointed because he was instrumental in how we played.

"But it was his decision to go and what was going to be important for us was not just to find a goalkeeper but to find a top goalkeeper that could fit into our style and identity.

"I was absolutely delighted that we were able to bring in... one of the best goalkeepers now in the Premier League in Michel Vorm."

Vangelis Moras could make his debut in defence at Molineux on Saturday, after receiving clearance to sign a short-term contract with the south Wales club following his release from Bologna.

Swansea are seeking to bounce back from last weekend's 3-1 defeat at Norwich City and Rodgers believes the signs are good.

"We've had a good week's training this week, the players have been outstanding and the spirit of the group was very strong," Rodgers said.

"We hope that we go into Saturday's game on a positive note.

"We have a culture of learning and it's important to me that we learn from last week.

"Of course we weren't at our best, but we understand we can get better and improve."

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