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Luke Williams says he is disappointed to lose Yannick Bolasie after Swansea City failed to agree a new contract with the veteran winger.
Bolasie, 34, has left the Championship club after the two-month deal he agreed in November expired.
The former Crystal Palace player made 11 Swansea appearances, including three starts.
“We couldn’t reach an agreement with Yannick to extend,” head coach Williams said.
“It’s unfortunate because he’s an unbelievable guy and we know the quality he has as a player.
“But deals can be more complicated, particularly when you have had a career like Yannick.
“Yannick is a man with many options. I am upset because I would have loved us to make something that was good for him and good for the club and somehow we didn’t manage to do it.
“But let me tell you that guy is incredible and while he was here, he was completely committed to Swansea – [he brought] a brilliant energy on the training pitch.
“I wish him well. I hope he doesn’t sign for someone and we play against them, because I would rather he was with us. But good luck to him.”
Bolasie failed to score in Swansea colours having joined the club when Michael Duff was still in charge.
Before signing for the Swans, he had been a free agent following his departure from Turkish club Caykur Rizespor at the end of last season.
“The first contract was very simple because it was almost like a trial, let’s see how we get on together,” Williams added.
“The next one he thought ‘OK, if I’m committing more, it needs to be a little bit more this, a bit more that’ and the club are trying to make sure that everything ties in at their end.
“It was difficult and we didn’t manage to do it in time.”
As Bolasie departs, Swansea have added a winger to their squad by completing a deal for Brazilian winger Ronald.