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Garry Monk waits to hear from Michael Laudrup as Swansea City prepare for Arsenal tie

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: January 05, 2013

Garry Monk

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GARRY Monk will wait to hear from his manager before he considers leaving Swansea City.

As was the case in the last transfer window, Michael Laudrup has pledged to hold talks with every one of his non-regulars about their Swansea futures this month.

Laudrup has indicated that if any of his fringe players want to move on, he will do his best to make a transfer happen.

Monk came close to leaving Swansea back in September only for a back injury to scupper a possible loan switch to Bristol City.

Swansea's long-serving club skipper has since proved his worth to Laudrup, making seven appearances so far this season and at no stage letting his side down.

But Monk will now listen to the views of his boss before he contemplates leaving the Liberty.

My club

"Swansea is my club," the 33-year-old declares.

"I have been here for eight and a half years now and I don't want to go anywhere else.

"But having said that, I want to play football.

"I have never been one of those players who is happy to be out of the side moping around.

"I have always earned my money.

"I haven't been looking for anything else — my focus is on Swansea — but things do come along and I will have to see what happens when I chat with the manager."

Monk looked to be completely out of the picture in the early days of the Laudrup era, but he has filled in for Chico Flores at times this season and, as was the case last season, has proved he can hold his own in the Premier League.

He was arguably Swansea's best player in the 2-1 win at Fulham last weekend and, happily, he has not been part of a losing side all season.

"Obviously I would like to play more, but I am involved every week whether it's on the bench or playing," Monk added.

"I have felt I have done all right when I have played, and I still feel I can do a job and I want to do it for Swansea.

"At the moment I am just concentrating on staying professional and making sure I am ready when called upon."

Monk hopes to play some part tomorrow when Swansea take on Arsenal in round three of the FA Cup.

Laudrup's men begin as underdogs despite embarrassing the Gunners at the Emirates in the Premier League last month.

"It will be a totally different game," Monk says, "but the win up there was thoroughly deserved.

"We played well for the whole 90 minutes up there, and results like that give us the confidence that we can beat these sides.

"We have managed to compete against the top boys in the league this season and we'll take that into the game tomorrow."

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  • mahatmacoat  |  January 06 2013, 6:04AM

    If Monks back was OK he would have been in Bristol at the beginning of the season so lets discount the loyalty. I can understand him wanting to stay here to get his tax free benefit game and then draw his PFA pension from the age of 35. Give him a free and lets have another Carlos Headtheball to take his place.

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  • tannkerboy  |  January 06 2013, 1:15AM

    what time is the game sunday help

  • Hedoken97842  |  January 05 2013, 11:03PM

    Monk should stay for sure, he has done well when he come on from us, granted he might not be a first team regular, but he still has something to offer on the pitch and is a big part of our recent success. We need guys like him in the squad and the club as they have seen us go from bottom to top, that is valid knowledge and if he is happy to stay down this way, maybe he has a really long term future at the club. I feel the same about Danny Graham too, at the very least he deserves another 6 months here. But if Norwich are willing to pay 4 or 5 million for regular footy, I think he should go. He should resist going to reading, they will be relegated this year.

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  • trncjack  |  January 05 2013, 10:13PM

    We must start showing gratatude to players like Monk , there are to many mercaneries in football, he has not let us down once this season ,but its his call at the end of the day , and wha ever he decides to do we wish him well , but it would be good o get barca for his testamonial

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  • Surreyjack  |  January 05 2013, 8:39PM

    Gary must stay! He is a Jack through and through! It's important that he finishes his playing career with us and the maybe become a coach. This is the type of club were we care about players that have been with us for a long time and done the club proud, the club is like a family! If we just get rid of the Monks, Tates and Brittons then we lose all that!! We need the future Alan Curtis!!

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  • cyril392  |  January 05 2013, 7:47PM

    Just for the record, Gary Monk has been just about the best player on the pitch for the Swans when he has played this season. Was at the Fulham game where he gave the latest in a growing line of excellent performances. Good talker too, which makes a significant difference. Why would we want to sell him? Bizarre!

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  • muffinman235  |  January 05 2013, 7:15PM

    Garry monk has been a stalwart at Swansea City's defence. he has been a credit to the club, and ML was lucky to have him. We would not be in the Capital cup now if it were not for Garry Monk's late late winner earlier in the competition. As already said, he is loyal, his commitment is without doubt, and although injury prone, has done the business every time he has been asked to step in and take control at the back. It is his and Tatey's testimonials this year if i am not mistaken, and the SCFC fans will not forget the contribution he and Alan has given to the club. whatever happens, thankyou Garry for your professionial approach and total commitment to our club.

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  • OARSWOMAN  |  January 05 2013, 1:12PM

    Garry should stay and look to enhance his coaching experience and academy credtials at swansea City..He can still cut it in the premier league..commitment,loyalty and experience are priceles in a club like Swansea...Gary always has a future at SCFC..come on the Swans.!!!!

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  • SCFC_10  |  January 05 2013, 12:59PM

    Hope he stays.

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  • seasolder  |  January 05 2013, 10:48AM

    I certainly hope that Garry Monk stays with our club for at least a couple more seasons. He has done a solid job filling in for Ash & Chico and as club captain he is a credit on & off the pitch. Best of luck Garry .

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