Swindon's Daniel Boateng says Di Canio influenced arrival

Paolo di Canio
Boateng says Di Canio, who took over at Swindon in May 2011, was vital to his arrival at the Robins

Swindon loan signing Daniel Boateng says manager Paolo di Canio was the main reason why he chose to sign for the Robins.

The 19-year-old, who can play across the defence, will remain at the County Ground until the end of the season.

"[The main reason for signing] has got to be the manager," Boateng told BBC Wiltshire.

"I've been watching Swindon Town play a lot and this is a team that tries to play football."

Boateng continued: "I spoke to him [Di Canio] and you can tell he's very enthusiastic."

The Arsenal reserve-team captain, who says he supports Chelsea, was close to joining the Robins in the summer but a deal could not be agreed.

And the Tottenham-born player feels he is now ready to impress in League Two.

"I'm looking forward to it," Boateng said. "At 19 I need to show people what I can do. I'm very excited, this is what you dream of as a little boy, I just can't wait."

Swindon face Leicester on Saturday in the FA Cup fourth round and Boateng says he is eager to feature against the Championship club.

"I'm trying to get into the starting-line-up. I grew up watching the FA Cup, you can see what it means to the fans.

"Watching it as a boy I wanted to be involved in it. There's nothing better, like when a League Two side can beat a Premier League side as Swindon did against Wigan.

"I'm hoping to get into the first team and do very well, and [to help get] Swindon promoted and at least win a bit of silverware this season.

"I want to give the fans something back and Di Canio too."