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Laudrup tells senior players to look for new clubs

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

Moving on Michael Laudrup has told Alan Tate, Kemy Agustien (pictured), Luke Moore and Leroy Lita to find new clubs.

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MICHAEL Laudrup has told four senior Swansea City players to find new clubs.

Alan Tate, Luke Moore, Kemy Agustien and Leroy Lita were all left out of the travelling party for Swansea's pre-season trip to Holland.

And Laudrup has now revealed that he sees no future for the quartet at the Liberty Stadium.

The Swansea boss has already allowed Kyle Bartley to join Birmingham City on a season-long loan, while Curtis Obeng also appears to be out of his plans.

"Some of them were spoken to in April — Tate and Bartley knew we wanted to bring in a different type of centre-back, who can play a little higher with more speed and they both said they didn't want to be fourth or fifth choice here," Laudrup said.

"And with the forwards, even if we went into pre-season without new strikers, I wouldn't have brought them to Holland.

"It means they can have the time to find another club instead of coming here just to wait before we signed someone, because everyone knew we wanted a striker so they needed time to prepare themselves.

"There were a lot of things with Kemy last season and it's best for him that he finds a new environment where he can try to play a little more regularly. I think that's best for him."

Swansea stalwart Tate still has two years to run on his contract and stated during the summer that he was keen to fight for his place in Laudrup's first-team plans.

But it is understood the popular defender is now looking into alternative options.

Moore's agent has said the former West Brom striker is now seeking a move despite the fact that he featured regularly under Laudrup last season.

Agustien was another who played his part last term, but the Dutch midfielder is now surplus to requirements following the signings of Jonjo Shelvey and Jose Canas.

Lita, meantime, has been linked with the likes of Charlton and Wolves having spent the majority of the last campaign on loan at Birmingham and then Sheffield Wednesday.

The Owls are thought to be keen on re-signing Lita, and it could be that a return to Hillsborough is on the cards.

Laudrup has made it clear that despite Swansea's Europa League involvement, he wants to work with a streamlined squad next season.

And with six senior new signings on board — and at least one more set to join before the transfer window closes — it is inevitable that Swansea will look to move some players on.

"It's okay in this period during the window for players to think about themselves and their future," Laudrup added.

"But once we are past the line everything is about the team.

"You cannot blame anyone for thinking about themselves.

"Clubs want good players without paying so much money, managers want the best possible squad and the players want to play often at the best clubs with as much salary as possible."

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  • nettevaughan  |  July 12 2013, 7:03PM

    ML can do no wrong in MHO. Bigger & better next season. Opener v Man U 3points. 6 points off the Redbirds.We will do well

  • nettevaughan  |  July 12 2013, 7:01PM


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  • brochadav  |  July 12 2013, 12:49PM

    I too have sentimental reasons for not wanting Tatey to go. But at least he'll leave knowing the fans love him. He was a big part of our success story, up til last season. Alan, you'll be gone but not forgotten, you'll always be a Jack to us fans. Good luck mate. PS, Peter17776, it's the nature of football mate. All players know it and any fans who don't recognise it are just fooling themselves. At least he got to play in the Premier for us, and even captained us and led us out at our first Premier league match. No one can take that from him.

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  • peter17776  |  July 12 2013, 11:16AM

    i feel gutted for tatey...you strive for years to get your club promoted and then youre out on your ear when they get there.....but of course,there is no doubt that he wanted to be part of this success..but may just not have just that little sharp edge for the premiership.....but as long as we dont forget, its thanks to players like him they are where they are....tatey."..thanks for the memories...."..without you there would have been none.....you are a swansea legend...

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  • Spideyjonesy  |  July 12 2013, 11:13AM

    Moore is a decent sub, tate is slower than me and i'm nearly 70. Augustine would be a decent player if he wasn;t made of glass and Bartley and lita are both out of their depth. I'd punt Monk as well, get rid of the dead wood. Bring on the new season

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  • JackArmyNo10  |  July 12 2013, 8:41AM

    Luke Moore just isn't good enough if we're looking to push on as a club. The only player I'll be sad to see go from that lot is Tatey, for sentimental reasons only.

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  • White_Rock  |  July 12 2013, 6:36AM

    He's making a mistake with Moore, but then again he made a mistake every time he played the utterly useless Shechter ahead of him last season. Luke's a decent backup option to have and he's got the right passport. I wouldn't write Bartley off so quickly either. Next season once Laudrup has departed he'll hopefully get another chance.

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