Ashley Williams arrives for pre-season training
SWANSEA City have told Ashley
Williams he’s not for sale as talks over
the defender’s future continue.
Williams has been the subject of
sustained transfer speculation this
summer as his current contract expires
in 12 months time.
Arsenal were linked with the Wales
skipper, while Sunderland are
understood to be preparing a second
approach after a £4 million bid was
Swansea could look to cash in on
their asset now or risk losing him for
nothing a year down the line.
But Williams’s agent revealed the
club have made it clear they are not
considering offers for their captain.
“At the moment there have been
some bids coming in. Swansea have
rejected those because they think Ash
is important — everyone’s clear on
that,” said Williams’s representative
“Swansea are very clear that Ashley
is not for sale. Whatever offer comes in,
he is not going to be sold.
“That’s the option they’ve got and
we’re comfortable with that. We
respect that because he’s their player,
he’s under contract.
“We’ve got to the point where they
don’t want to take an offer so hopefully
we can sign the right contract at
Swansea — that would be Ash’s ideal
“Ash is very professional and he will
continue to give Swansea everything
Moralee has held regular
conversations with Swansea about
Williams’s future over the summer.
But he expects things to gather pace
now pre-season preparations are
under way. “It’s like that in football,
sometimes things take a little while to
happen. Ash is quite relaxed about
things, we’re happy to wait to sort
things out,” said Moralee.
“All three options are still there. Ash
could sign a new contract, he could
leave for nothing in a few months time
or Swansea could take the money and
everyone could part ways.
“But Swansea have said he’s not for
sale so that narrows things down.
“I’d like to think that Swansea do not
just want to let Ash walk away for
nothing. But there is a danger that
“If Ashley signs another contract at
Swansea he will probably end his
career there. I’d like to think we can
reach an agreement because that is
Ash’s preferred option.
“Ash is back in training now, he will
talk to the manager and chairman and
we’ll be having talks at management
Sunderland are reportedly ready to
up the £4 million they offered for
Williams last month. And Moralee
insists they are not the only ones
tracking the 29-year-old, who has
spent the last six years at the Liberty
after signing from Stockport.
“Sunderland have made it clear that
they will just keep bidding and
bidding. They want the player and I
understand that,” he added.
“Ash has had this sort of speculation
around his neck for the last five years
so he’s used to it. That’s because of the
performances he has put in. He is
probably one of the top eight British
centre-backs in the Premier League.
“There are two or three other clubs
that are monitoring Ash’s situation,
but different clubs operate in different
“Sunderland are trying to get their
business done early, while others
prefer to wait. It’s too early for a big
decision, but the transfer window has
only just opened. Hopefully things will
move along in the next week or so.”