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Swansea City boss Garry Monk "disappointed" by Chico Flores's unexpected Michael Laudrup reunion

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: August 08, 2014

Departing Chico Flores with Swansea City boss Garry Monk.

Departing Chico Flores with Swansea City boss Garry Monk.

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GARRY Monk has revealed he is sorry to see Chico Flores go as the Spaniard closes in on a £4 million move to Michael Laudrup's Lekhwiya.

Flores has flown out to Austria for transfer talks with the Qatari side and Monk is now planning for life without the Spanish star.

And the Swansea boss admits Flores's departure has come as something of a surprise.

Questions have been raised about Flores's future ever since Monk took the reins from Laudrup, for the pair clashed on the training ground when they were team-mates.

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But from the moment he was installed as the Dane's successor, Monk made it clear that Flores would be part of his plans.

While the likes of Alejandro Pozuelo and Jose Canas have been marginalised by Monk, Flores was a regular under him last season and was favourite to start alongside Ashley Williams at Manchester United next week until a few days ago.

"I wasn't really expecting Chico to go," Monk conceded.

"I am a little bit disappointed, but I can't grumble with Chico at all. He has been magnificent with me since I took over — he did very well for me.

"He was a very good trainer and a very good player for us. But he came to us and said he wanted to go.

"No player ever leaves unless we say so, but I am only interested in people who want to play for Swansea City and I am not willing to work with anyone who doesn't want to do that."

Flores racked up 75 appearances in two seasons as a Swan and, though he had his troubles along the way, he will be fondly remembered because of his contribution overall.

He joined from Genoa in a £2 million deal, so Swansea will have doubled their money on Flores when his switch to Lekhwiya is finalised.

Now the challenge for Monk is to replace the 27-year-old, with the likes of Federico Fernandez and Virgil van Dijk both on Swansea's radar.

"When you look at what we paid for him, I think we have got a good deal for Chico and now we have to replace that quality with someone as good or even better," Monk added.

"That's the key for us now.

"And we have been looking at centre-backs all summer — we have been looking at all the positions throughout the squad because you have to be ready when something like this happens.

"Hopefully we can now replace Chico with a better player."

As things stand, Kyle Bartley and Jordi Amat are the contenders to play alongside Williams at Old Trafford in eight days' time.

Amat missed last weekend's friendly at Reading with injury, but has trained this week and should play some part when Villarreal come to the Liberty tomorrow (3pm). Leon Britton, Marvin Emnes and Jay Fulton all remain on the sidelines, with the latter currently closest to a comeback.

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  • daifloyd  |  August 09 2014, 10:34PM

    Moggs,a few words of advice.Don't worry about how the club dispensed with Laudrop,and don't lose too much sleep over how 'shabbily' they negotiate.This is big business.Its cutthroat.The sun will come up tomorrow,I promise.

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  • moggs  |  August 09 2014, 9:59PM

    Judging by the banality and incoherence of your posts,YOU were only formed "A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO". Lol.

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  • chelsea1955  |  August 09 2014, 8:26PM

    Dafi do not take any notice of Moggy, only a plastic fan and thinks the Swans were formed A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO

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  • moggs  |  August 09 2014, 4:59PM

    Let me correct you in your assertion,I have no bitterness over Laudrup's dismissal. Why would I? What disappointed me was the way The Club effected it. They behaved shabbily,and tried to avoid paying him compensation by spreading lies and innuendo's about his behaviour. They are now trying to avoid paying money to Utrecht,or at least that's what it appears. Laudrup had a beaten look about him in his final matches in charge,and his sacking came as no surprise. What contribution did the player's make to his demise? They are the ones who are on the pitch,after all. You seem to absolve the player's of any responsibility,and I find that incredulous. They have to be held to account just as a Manager is,so cut out the insults fella,and grow up a little. Today's game against Villareal is turning into a rout. Monk had better watch out,the bully boys will be after him soon.

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  • daifloyd  |  August 09 2014, 3:59PM

    Moggs.it is quite obvious from your posts that you are still bitter over the laudrop dismissal. In my opinion, ml was let go because of his inability to motivate his team to do better. He allowed cliques to form in his pool of players, which,to a great extent,resulted in sub par performances during games. To suggest that,because ml was fired,most players should also be fired,is infantile and ludicrous. Further, my contention would be that, regardless of the relationship between laudrop's agent and Jenkins , if swansea were playing to their ability and were in the top half of the table, laudrop would still be manager. Professional sport is a result orientated arena. A managers job description can be summed up in one short word.......WIN. It is the same for Monk as it was for laudrop and as it is for all managers, if you don't win your history. They know this going into the job. I think that swansea will do well this coming season. That remains to be seen. I would hope that all posters here would want the Swans to do well. Sometimes I have my doubts.

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  • moggs  |  August 09 2014, 6:29AM

    @daifloyd. Laudrup is not the kind of person to view poor performances of his team with "indifference". On the contrary,he is a proud man,but running up and down the touchline like a demented loon is simply not his style. Jenkins fell out with Laudrup's agent,the rights and wrongs of which we will never fully know. As a result the relationship between Jenkins and Laudrup was affected,and never really recovered. If Laudrup was sacked because of poor results,then most of the player's should have also been dismissed,since it was they who were performing badly,not Laudrup. Laudrup was made a scapegoat,Jenkins wanted him out,played silly buggar's,and got his way. There was a price to pay,however,for Jenkins' folly,and the Club had to settle out of court with Laudrup,who has now moved on to bigger,and better,things.

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  • moggs  |  August 08 2014, 11:36PM

    Hacker. Perhaps the "rubbish" you allude to is all your own work.

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  • hacker_jack  |  August 08 2014, 11:33PM

    As fro Chico, quality player, will be missed but if his heart/head isn't in it then moving on is best for everyone. I suspect he sees the move as a stop gap until deciding what to do long term. We need a replacement of course, Amat/Bartley might well be able to come in and do a good job but an experienced head would be good and we definitely need a fourth anyway. I'll wait to see who comes in before judging too much.

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  • hacker_jack  |  August 08 2014, 11:28PM

    swimaway, as much as I enjoy that site, can you please stop spamming the EP with it.

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  • hacker_jack  |  August 08 2014, 11:25PM

    Castle, even if anyone accepted most of your rubbish as true, the fact is Chico hasn't played since most of those occurances would have happenned.

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