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Swansea City: Focus on Michael Laudrup's future after historic Capital One Cup victory

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: February 26, 2013

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JONATHAN de Guzman would say good luck to Michael Laudrup if Swansea City's manager is tempted away from the Liberty this summer.

But de Guzman is convinced Swansea would attract another top boss should their man be headhunted by one of the game's giants in the close season.

And team-mate Nathan Dyer has faith in the club's decision-makers to make yet another shrewd appointment if Laudrup moves on.

Laudrup has been linked with the likes of Chelsea and Real Madrid during his successful debut season at the Swansea helm.

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And there has been renewed speculation over where Laudrup might end up after Sunday's Capital One Cup triumph at Wembley further enhanced his growing reputation.

Midfielder de Guzman reckons Swansea's players would understand should their leader have his head turned by one of the big boys.

"Everyone wants to get to the top and get the best out of their career and if it happens I will wish him the best, although it would be sad," he said.

"Last season everyone was so happy when Brendan Rodgers was here, and there was a lot of sadness when he left.

"People were questioning if Laudrup could do the job and he has done really well.

"If he gets the opportunity to take his theories elsewhere I would wish him the best — sometimes that's football.

"The club had the philosophy before he came, but he put a different accent on it and brought in players to help him tweak it.

"But we know a lot of coaches have respect for the way Swansea play good football."

Chairman Huw Jenkins admitted last week that Swansea's hierarchy are already contemplating who could be their next manager.

Swansea lost Rodgers to Liverpool last summer and Roberto Martinez to Wigan in 2009, while Paulo Sousa was also lured from the Liberty by Leicester.

Jenkins wants Laudrup to extend his contract by 12 months, which would take him to the summer of 2015, but the Dane has always shied away from making big commitments to Swansea.

Whatever happens in the future, Laudrup will be remembered as the man who brought a major trophy to SA1.

"He was outstanding as a player, he won every cup under the sun, so his experience and knowledge was always going to help," said Swansea wideman Dyer.

"He has brought in stuff we did not know and we have learnt and improved.

"He has been amazing — it has been great to learn from him.

"He will attract attention because it is a fairytale for Swansea to come up from the lower leagues.

"Whoever takes charge and does well here will attract attention."

Dyer, Swansea's Wembley man of the match, previously thrived under Rodgers, but believes the club would cope even if another manager departs.

"We have got the same players and it is not going to change things," he added.

"The chairman likes the philosophy and so do the fans, so he will find someone who wants to play football and as long as we do that we will do well.

"It was becoming inevitable that Brendan would leave given the progress we had made, and it is hard to turn down a move to a big club like Liverpool.

"But since I have been here I have had four managers and the chairman has brought in the right guy every time, so we have never taken a step back and he knows what he is doing.

"We still have the players to play the right way."

Laudrup, meantime, has admitted he is flattered by the latest stories touting him as a potential successor to Jose Mourinho at the Bernabeu.

Another survey of Real fans has indicated that an overwhelming majority want former playmaker Laudrup to return to the Spanish capital.

"I am proud when I see that because there are 40,000 or 50,000 voters and I am in front of two huge names like Rafael Benitez and Carlo Ancelotti, who have won league titles in Spain and Italy and the Champions League," Laudrup said.

"I am very grateful, but I can't really say anything more.

"I can only say what I said before, that it's my intention to stay here.

"I have one more year on my contract and that's it, but I know there will be lots of questions about this.

"I have said I would like to stay here, but even if you have a ten-year deal there will be rumours.

"All I can say is that my intention is to stay here."

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  • CroJack  |  February 26 2013, 4:42PM

    Sorry for typos, I sent my comment from my mobile.

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  • CroJack  |  February 26 2013, 4:38PM

    Michael Laudrup says his intention is to stay here, and everything else is only rumours. I know his agent Bajram Tutumlu just finished negotiations with Huw Jenkins about contract extention. Laudrup's salary will be doubled to almost £ 1,2 mil a year, and release clause is set to £5 mil. Only Michael's signature is missing and I am confident he is goimg to sign the new improved contract. He has just brought 7 nww players to the club, and most of them came here because of him. I don't think he is going to leave them after pne year. He wilæ be here at least pne more season.

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  • sbrain  |  February 26 2013, 2:29PM

    huw jenks is the driving force alwaya has been took some supporters along timeto work that out. no one has managed to SMACK us down once let alone cosistently.. every season we have got biggerand better under HUW whoever leaves havent you worked it out yet abertawe jack we are a top team whateve rmanager..michael laudrop is class no doubt so was martinez brendan was solid the less said about de sousa the better. the mangers are but stepping stones the people in charge are the driving forces visionaries we might nothave a beter season than ths ever but we are in safe hands

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  • sunnywhite  |  February 26 2013, 2:15PM

    I can't believe all this speculation about the future of ML, ever since the Swans won a few games there has been talk about him possibly leaving....he has only just arrived.!! There is still a job to be done after this season, regular top six finishes and doing something in europe. Sad state of affairs of football management I suppose. Vultures clear off !!

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  • martyn47  |  February 26 2013, 1:56PM

    Swasea Cityare becomng an attractive proposition in their own right, Premier League, passng fotball philosophy, stable structurally and now Europan football. Mr Laudrup seems not to be tempted by the lure of big clubs. Money is not everything after all. Today let the people of Swansea show how much he and the club are appreciated.

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  • JohnTosh  |  February 26 2013, 11:14AM

    I don't want to lose Laudrup, Williams and Michu this summer! You cannot compare that to the lost of Rogers, Allen and Sinclair.

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  • TheSwanseaWay  |  February 26 2013, 10:16AM

    Some thoughts on the last few days and what Swansea's win means for football in general. http://tinyurl.com/befvofd

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  • abertawejack  |  February 26 2013, 9:54AM

    Oh heck here we go again......in "SHREWD HUW WE TRUST". If the boss is plucked away this time, ah well what will be will be, as long as he doesn't take our foundations away like the last one did. No matter what our board try to do for the betterment of SCFC, something comes along to smack us down consistently, or mar all the the hard work players put into a game, it's unbelievable at times. On wards forwards and upwards, with noses to the grind stone. So let's get all of Swansea City Citizens whom are able, out to attend the "Cup run" through our City later to-day, I hope the schools give everyone at least an hour off to be there, mind you it should have been the week-end, but what would I know. Very well done SCFC. C'mon u SwansssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssYeehaa.

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