Swansea City manager keen to stay at the Liberty Stadium.
Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup has ruled himself out of the running for potential jobs at Manchester City and Real Madrid after admitting he wants to continue his success story at the Liberty Stadium.
Laudrup led Swansea City to the first cup victory in the club’s history when lifting the Capital One Cup on Sunday when his side cruised to a 5-0 win over League Two Bradford City at Wembley.
And the Dane, who replaced Brendan Rodgers at the helm at Swansea City in the summer, has committed his future to the Liberty Stadium for at least another season after which he will need to negotiate new terms on his initial two-year deal.
He has been linked with replacing Roberto Mancini at Manchester City in the summer, and is also under considering should Jose Mourinho’s spell in charge of Real Madrid come to an end at the end of the season.
A poll in Spanish newspaper AS resulted in 78 per cent of Real Madrid voting for Laudrup to be the man named as the successor to Mourinho, but the former Mallorca coach is focused on the job in hand in the Premier League.
“I am proud of that because there were 40,000 voters and it’s 78 per cent in front of two huge names like Rafael Benitez and Carlo Ancelotti, who have won league titles in Italy and Spain and the Champions League,” Laudrup told Sky Sports. “So I’m very grateful. But I can’t really say anything more.
“There will always be rumours but this time it’s positive rumours about one club or another club. I can only sustain what I’ve said before – my intention is to stay here, I have one more year (on my) contract. And that’s it.
“I’ve been part of this – football – since the beginning of the 1980s so I know it’s like that. I’ll cope with it and I’ll probably have a lot of questions about this probably every Thursday when I have a press conference until the end of the season. But that’s a part of it.
“I’ve said I’d like to stay here but again, even if you have a 10-year deal, there will always be rumours. My intention is to stay here next year, that’s the only thing I can say really.”
Swansea have opened negotiations with Laudrup over new terms, but have also started scouring Europe for potential replacements for him.