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EXCLUSIVE: Michael Laudrup insists he is staying despite war of words between the club and his agent

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: June 12, 2013

Swansea City have severed all ties with the agent of Michael Laudrup, Bayram Tutumlu

Swansea City have severed all ties with the agent of Michael Laudrup, Bayram Tutumlu

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MICHAEL Laudrup has insisted he is staying at the Liberty Stadium despite a war of words between the club and his agent which erupted tonight.

Initially it emerged that Swansea City had severed all ties with Bayram Tutumlu, who they claimed was trying to dictate their transfer policy.

This website revealed earlier this evening that Swansea sources were claiming Tutumlu wanted control of transfers, particularly surrounding the potential sale of the club’s star defender Ashley Williams.

Swansea have worked closely with Tutumlu for much of Laudrup’s reign, but sources said relations had broken down spectacularly since the final few weeks of last season.

And we understood chairman Huw Jenkins had told Tutumlu that he would not deal with him any more over transfers, a move which seemed to cast further doubt over whether Laudrup would still be Swansea manager next season.

But within minutes of us breaking the story, Tutumlu responded with a scathing attack on the club, claiming chairman Huw Jenkins, "wants to bring in players who do not have the quality for Michael Laudrup”.

Tutumlu said he was unconcerned about Swansea’s decision not to deal with him any more.

“I don’t work for Swansea City,” he added.

“Huw Jenkins has paid me nothing, but I have spent a lot to try to bring players to Swansea.

“My relationship with Michael Laudrup is excellent, as he has told you himself.

“Nothing changes between me and Michael. I have known Michael for 25 years.”

Tutumlu has refuted all allegations against him.

Speaking exclusively to this website, Laudrup said: “Bayram is my agent and that’s not going to change.

“If the club do not want to work with him or Bayram does not want to work with them, it’s their problem not mine.

“The only thing I care about is to have the best players possible at Swansea who are within range of the economy of the club.

“Again I must say that my intention is to stay - I have repeated it so many times in the last three months.

“I have 100 per cent confidence in Bayram, but if the club don’t want to work with him or he doesn’t want to work with them, they have to live with that. It will not change my relationship with Bayram one centimetre.

“The only thing I am interested in is having the best players at Swansea within the budget that is possible.

“That’s what I have been fighting for every day, last year when I arrived and this year as well. That will always be the most important thing for me wherever I end up in the future.”

Laudrup’s future already appeared to be under threat because of a dispute over transfer policy. But his position now looks even more uncertain given that he has worked alongside Tutumlu since his days as a Barcelona player.

The club’s owners have reportedly declared that they will have no more involvement in any transactions or dealings with players involving Tutumlu.

It is thought matters came to a head over Wales captain Williams, who has been linked with Arsenal and Liverpool. The Post understands Jenkins is not interested in sanctioning a move and since then it is understood relations with Tutumlu have deteriorated.

Swansea sources have claimed they believe Tutumlu is attempting to recruit players behind the club’s back, including a host of potential signings — such as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Arouna Kone — who have been mentioned in the media in recent weeks.

The sources say Swansea have not been part of a number of proposed deals or offers which have been made by Tutumlu, and say Tutumlu is linked to a number of players, but he insists he does not represent anyone apart from Laudrup. It is thought he has played a part in a number of the deals done since Laudrup arrived in Wales last summer, but it appears the two parties will not work together again.

And given how long Laudrup has worked with Tutumlu, it is now uncertain whether he will be in SA1 come the start of pre-season next month.

It is understood Jenkins remains in contact with Laudrup, and that the Dane has offered up a fresh list of potential transfer targets having seen a number of players he previously asked to sign go elsewhere.

But it is doubtful whether any of those players will arrive given the breakdown in relations between Tutumlu and the Swansea board.

Laudrup has been linked with clubs all over Europe in recent weeks, with Roma and Fenerbahce the latest mentioned as potential suitors. The 48-year-old has also been touted as a potential boss for Real Madrid, Barcelona, Malaga, Paris St Germain and Monaco among others.

Laudrup only signed a contract extension with Swansea in March, and he told this website last week that his “intention” was to remain in charge next term despite all the speculation.

Perhaps tellingly, however, Laudrup was critical of Swansea over the lack of attacking recruits this summer, saying it was up the board to explain why no new faces had arrived.

A statement from the club, meanwhile, insisted all concerned were agreed on transfer policy — but, notably, did not touch on the manager’s future.

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  • christhejac  |  June 14 2013, 9:31AM

    @Swansfirst The fact remains that the board seem to have taken no action to bring in desperately needed new players. Do enlighten us to as you know this as FACT

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  • Swansfirst  |  June 13 2013, 8:19PM

    The fact remains that the board seem to have taken no action to bring in desperately needed new players. As everyone who has watched the Swans will know we need an immediate injection of goal scoring forwards - otherwise I can see us heading for the Championship. So the sooner the board start to mend fences the better for all concerned. ML's name carries a lot of weight in Europe and there are players who came to the Swans purely because he is manager. We are alrerady becoming a laughing stock throughout the Premiership and especially just down the road in Cardiff. Sort it out - before it is too late!

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  • carjack  |  June 13 2013, 6:48PM

    If Laudrup want to jump ship then let him. The sooner he does it the better for the club to get someone else in place. Stick to your guns Huw Jenkings do not be dictated to by Michael Laudrups PIMP.

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  • JerryLew  |  June 13 2013, 2:43PM

    Getting such a boring daily story now.

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  • bennyhill4  |  June 13 2013, 10:06AM

    It makes me laugh to read most of these posts, 2 months ago these same posters were saying that ML was the next best thing since god. Now without any inside knowledge (just what is in the media) they automatically take the boards side and start to rubbish and criticise him, everyone seems to forget that the board made certain promises to him concerning transfers and now looks to have gone back on their word. Strange that they seem to have a problem now with the agent, when everything seemed fine when he was finding these bargain players last season

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  • beesknees2004  |  June 13 2013, 9:56AM

    There are several comments on this thread written by total muppets who suffer from tunnel vision. There are several players at the club who came solely because of Michael Laudrup and if he goes there is a good chance that they will leave. Loan players will think twice about signing. We all know about Siggurdson after Brendan Rodgers left. Up until now the board have done a very good job, but they have and are treating Michael Laudrup very shabbily. Several players have signed contracts on the basis that Laudrup was staying, If he should go and players decide to leave it would be perfectly understandable. The same old people on this site are always complaining about loyalty to the club, why should players and managers show loyalty when they are treated badly by the club. Loyalty works both ways and the way the board are acting at the momen they do not deserve loyalty. We have lost our last three managers after very short periods of time and there is a chance that we will lose another, after one season, which was the most successful in the club's history. At the time most people, including myself, thought they were leaving for clubs, either bigger or more likely to succeed. Liverpool for obvious reasons, Wigan were in the premiership and Leicester, at the time, looked a better bet for promotion than we did. Now the question should be did these managers know that they were not going to get what was needed and decided to go as soon as an opportunity arose.

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  • morton1947  |  June 13 2013, 8:55AM

    Michael Laudrup will be here for one more season in all probability and it is essential that we keep him having enjoyed winning our first piece of major silverware and finished in our highest premiership position so far and he can attract players as Michu and Chico Flores have already proven but the quicker that the argument is sorted the better as we will never attract quality players to our Club with so much uncertainty. It now appears that the Club has severed ties with ML's agent which I feel is a good thing as I firmly believe Agents are the root of many of the problems in todays game and pricing players way more than they are worth in order to make quick and easy money. We need stability and we need it quickly so we can use the platform that we have currently achieved as a springboard to even greater things. I feel that Huw Jenkins deserves huge credit for the way he is handling what is a complex and disruptive situation and his influence has played a major part in where the club is today. So come on Swansea City sort out your differences and give the fans the stability and let the Club that we have backed throughout the years move forward to bigger and better things. One thing is probably sure that during the forthcoming season we have to ensure that we firstly stay in this League with the huge financial benefits that come with being there and we also use the season wisely in order to hopefully get a new Manager in position should and if ML leaves as is intimated at the end of the coming season.

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  • morton1947  |  June 13 2013, 8:31AM

    Michael Laudrup will be here for one more season in all proability and it is essential that we keep him having one our first piece of major silverware and finished in our highest premiership position so far and he can attract players as Michu and Chico Flores have already proven but the quicker that the argument is sorted the better as we will never attract quality players to our Club with so much uncertainty. It now appears that the Club has severed ties with ML's agent which I feel is a good thing as I firmly believe Agents are the root of many of the problems in todays game and pricing players way more than they are worth in order to make quick and easy money. We need stability and we need it quickly so we can use the platform that we have currently achieved as a springboard to even greater things. I feel that Huw Jenkins desreves huge credit for the way he is handling what is a complex and disruptive situation and his influence has been a major part in where the club is today. So come on Swansea City sort out your differences and give the fans the stability and club that we have backed through the years and let us move forward to bigger and better things. One thing is probably sure that during the forthcoming season we have to ensure that we firstly stay in this League with the huge financial benefits that come with being there and we also use the season wisely in order to hopefully get a new Manager in position should and if ML leaves as is intimated at the end of the coming season.

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  • waunarlwydd  |  June 13 2013, 7:48AM

    I could see this coming with this "agent". The question is - Can Michael Laudrup be his own man? Let's see. I hope he can.

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  • christhejac  |  June 13 2013, 7:47AM

    Oh look, this story has changed somewhat from what was publicised last night. Lots of knee jerk reaction comments below regards relegation and the board. Quotes from ML saying he is staying. I trust the board not any manager or the SWEP.

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