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Ashley Williams has begun negotiations over a new Swansea City contract - says manager Garry Monk

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: June 04, 2014

Swansea City skipper Ashley Williams

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GARRY Monk has said Swansea City have begun talking to Ashley Williams about a new contract.

There has been plenty of speculation about the future of the Swansea skipper, including reports linking him with Arsenal and QPR.

But manager Monk said today he was hopeful both the Wales centre-back, 29, and striker Wilfried Bony, 25, would remain at the Liberty Stadium.

He said: "We're in negotiations with his representatives and trying to put a deal across so that Ash will be here for the future of the club,"

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"I know Ash wants that, I want that, the club wants that and that's what we're working towards as we speak."

Bony, who is in the Ivory Coast World Cup squad, has also been linked with a host of clubs including Arsenal, Liverpool and Everton.

But Monk expects him to be playing for Swansea next season.

"I spoke to him at the end of the season and he knows how I feel, he knows how the club feels, he knows what I expect from him.

"I just want him to concentrate on the World Cup, have a good World Cup and he'll be coming back as a Swansea City player.

"That's what I have in my mind unless something happens that we can't predict, but as of now he's a Swansea City player and that's the way it should be.

"Every player that is under contract at Swansea is a Swansea City player... no one will dictate to the club, at the end of the day we decide where our players go and what players stay.

"I know players will push for moves and do this and that, but ultimately the decision is with the club which is a good position to be in."

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  • hacker_jack  |  June 05 2014, 8:10AM

    Bony's release clause is only £19 m ---------- Says who exactly?

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  • yankytaff  |  June 04 2014, 10:02PM

    Crojack I'm hoping the reports re Bony's £19m release clause have as much credibility as the reports about Ashley Williams QPR medical and contract talks which hadn't started breaking down. However if they are true it maybe the club didn't have a choice, having already tried for Aspas, Gomis and Batshuayi and failed time was running out for us to get a good striker, that may have been the deal Bony's agent negotiated.

  • datasafe  |  June 04 2014, 5:26PM

    great defender but hes needs to lose 2 stone stop stuufing your face at night ash.hes good at setting up good moves with his pass from defence.

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  • CroJack  |  June 04 2014, 2:56PM

    Bony's release clause is only £19 m. Who is responsible for that blunder?

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  • morton1947  |  June 04 2014, 12:58PM

    Well done Gary as you are talking the language us Supporters want to hear so as long as the Board don't give in should any substantial offers come in for our key players we may well have a great Season to look forward to. The problem is though that we are, at the end of the day, a Business and if someone comes in with a massive offer I have a feeling the Board will find it too good to resist but I hope I am wrong and they give Gary the support our Manager deserves in his first full season in charge

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  • yankytaff  |  June 04 2014, 11:47AM

    Let's hope a new contract is agreed asap so it puts an end to these crazy stories doing the rounds

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  • trncjack  |  June 04 2014, 10:16AM

    About time we heard a bit of sense , thanks Garry

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