The Spaniard returned to Swansea as manager in February 2007 and he recalls the decision he made to keep Monk at the Liberty Stadium following a serious long-term injury sustained by the defender.
Martinez said: "Garry Monk was my first big decision as a manager in terms of shaping a squad. I had to decide [whether] to give him a new contract and keep him at the club after a very difficult injury when he ruptured his cruciate ligament.
"I built a new squad around him as I knew that he was the perfect captain and that he would keep that role for the future, knowing that we were going to bring many different foreigners and talents. It's a nice twist and it will be a nice moment to be up against Garry."
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