GARRY Monk has told Jonathan de Guzman he will improve as a player if he stays at Swansea City.
Monk wants to keep de Guzman after his loan deal from Villarreal came to an end, and the Dutchman is keen to stick around having made a home in Wales.
Now Swansea's new manager is pledging to make de Guzman a better all-round midfielder if he returns next season.
"Jono is player I like," Monk said. "He has been very good and he is very settled here.
"He is a good player, and I just feel he needs someone who can help him to improve.
"I think on the football side of things he is very, very good. But I have spoken to him and I will be open with him, on the defensive side, things need to improve.
"He wants to do that which is good and I think I can help him with that. He's a player that I would like to have."
Swansea are in talks with Villarreal over a fresh deal for de Guzman after his second successful season-long loan stint in Wales.
The 26-year-old still has two years to run on his contract with the La Liga club, and is unclear at this stage whether Swansea will push for another loan or a permanent transfer.
"We will have to see what suits us and that will dictate what we do," Monk added.