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Sousa shocked by Idrizaj death

16 May 2010 - 12:15:57

Manager Paulo Sousa has spoken of his shock and sadness following the death of Swansea City striker Besian Idrizaj.

The 22-year-old Austrian died in his sleep on Saturday with the exact cause of death yet to be confirmed.

Idrizaj, an Austria Under-21 international, joined the Swans last summer and made a handful of first-team appearances during the recently completed season.

"It's a very sad time for everyone," Sousa told the club's official website.

"It's sad for all the Swansea family, but more importantly his own close family. Our whole-hearted condolences go out to them.

"He was a player that I had every faith in. He worked hard throughout the season to get stronger and back to his best and I think by the end of the campaign all his team-mates could see what a talented boy he was.

"He was growing and getting better and stronger all the time and I fully expected him to show that talent to everyone in the Championship next season on a regular basis.

"He was fighting hard to fulfil his dream and it's difficult to comprehend why that's been taken away from him at such a young age.

"The only saving grace is that he didn't suffer and he was close to the love of his family at the time.''


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