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Laudrup keeps options open

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup has left the way open to one day taking charge of one of the top sides in Europe, but insists it is not a burning ambition.

Last Updated: 28/02/13 at 17:04 Post Comment

Laudrup's stock has risen since he guided Swansea to victory in the Capital One Cup final at Wembley.

The Dane stated in the wake of Sunday's 5-0 win over League Two Bradford that he was happy in his role at the Liberty Stadium and has confirmed he is keen to spend at least one more year in south Wales.

But the 48-year-old could yet be tempted by a move away, admitting he is not working to a long-term career plan.

"My intention is to stay next year. I've never said I do not want to manage a big team one day, it is just not a dream of mine - that's different," he said.

"If I go somewhere one day I do, if I don't I don't. It has nothing to do with ambitions, I have ambitions. How can I not after playing at big clubs for 17 years and winning titles?

"I just don't have a plan for three years' time. It's just how I feel."

Laudrup also admitted he has been pleasantly surprised by the worldwide interest in the Swans' cup success, although he was keen to emphasise he will not rush to sign new players in the summer as they prepare to play in the Europa League next season.

"It is incredible as Swansea have only been there for 18 months," he added.

"But you might be out of the competition (Europa League) before the Premier League season starts."

Laudrup is also confident his players will not suffer from a cup hangover when they play Newcastle at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.

"There might be a reaction, but we are playing in front of our own fans. I hope it is the best performance of the season," he said.

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