Sinclair could leave Swans this summer.
Michael Laudrup has revealed Scott Sinclair will not be signing a new deal at Swansea City amid interest from Manchester City.
The 23-year-old has 11 months left on his current deal at the Liberty Stadium, and the former Chelsea forward had previously indicated his desire to pen a new contract with the Swans.
But with the Premier League champions heading the interest in Sinclair, the Team GB star has opted against extending his stay at Swansea.
“I have spoken to Scott and he confirmed what he said to the chairman that he won’t sign a new contract,” said Laudrup.
“But he is here now and that’s what important for me. You never know what will happen tomorrow or the day after but there is no point arguing about it, we have to get on with it.
“Until 31 August anything can happen. Of course there is interest from a big club in Scott but the only thing I care about in the short-term is that it does not effect him for Saturday.
“If it effects the player then we have to talk about. I will talk to Scott and if he says no he does not want to play then we will see, if he says ‘I’m a professional’ then I know he is in the squad.”
He added: “I don’t know how official it is but there is interest.
“Manchester City is the name that is always coming up but again I have not spoken to them. But I don’t know if it’s official.”
SOURCE: The Sport Review
Swansea boss Michael Laudrup is being incredibly diplomatic about the situation but surely Scott Sinclair’s refusal to sign a new deal at the Liberty Stadium spells the end of his time at the club.
As the Robin van Persie saga has illustrated, not even the most financially sound clubs can afford to hold onto their players if they refuse to extend their contracts. The risk of losing them for free is too great.
Premier League minnows Swansea would be taking a huge gamble if they do not sell Sinclair before 31 August.
It’s another disappointment for Swans new boss Laudrup, who has already missed out on Gylfi Sigurdsson and has seen Joe Allen depart for Liverpool.
On the plus side, at least mega-rich Manchester City are the club chasing Sinclair. Hopefully Swansea can force a good fee out of the Premier League Champions.
But it is crucial that any funds are reinvested. Along with Sigurdsson and Allen, Swansea have lost Steven Caulker and, of course, Brendan Rodgers and if Sinclair follows suit, their overall set-up will look considerably weaker than last season.
As for Sinclair, you have to wonder if he’s getting ideas above his station. The 25-year-old impressed during the Olympics but Adam Johnson is a superior player and can’t get into the City side. The former Chelsea forward may find he is swapping first team football for a place on the bench.
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