Laudrup 'snubbed big club'

Michael Laudrup has revealed he turned down the chance to manage a Champions League club to stay at Swansea.

Last Updated: 18/07/13 at 20:32 Post Comment

Michael Laudrup: Turned down Champions League club to fulfill Swansea 'promi

Michael Laudrup: Turned down Champions League club to fulfill Swansea 'promi

The Dane's future has been a hot topic after an impressive debut season in which he masterminded a ninth-placed finish and Capital One Cup glory - the first major trophy in the club's history.

Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco were reported summer suitors but though Laudrup refused to talk specifics, he admitted he had rejected high-profile approaches to stay in south Wales for at least another season.

"I've never been close to leaving because I said I would stay this season; it's important to us," Laudrup told Sky Sports News.

"We still have to consolidate this team, this club and a promise is a promise - that's why I'm here.

"Yes, it's true, there were some approaches from big clubs as well, even from Champions League clubs, but I said I was going to stay here."

Laudrup had warned Swansea chiefs the club would have to strengthen to build on last season's success.

And he has signed seven new players - including striker Wilfried Bony for a club-record £12million fee - as well as securing the stay of Villareal midfielder Jonathan de Guzman on a season-long loan.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

till reckon Chelsea will go for Khedira as back up for Matic. I think it will turn out to be quite a Mourihno-y window: We'll see the squad players and youth in action pre-season, say things like well, we need not buy anybody and then the club will bid £60m for Pogba and send everybody on loan.

tk421
F365's Transfer Guide - Part One

I

would love to be a fly on the wall at the meeting between Milner and Rodgers. I don't know if flies can count, but if they can then I would be counting the number of times Rodgers used the word outstanding in his attempts to get Milner to sign.

godzilla
Reds and Arsenal chase Milner

W

ell, it wouldn't be a summer without Arsenal fans fretting over losing a key player, and United throwing their weight around and muscling in on transfer deals which are (apparently) near to completion. If we can't be entertained by the football on the pitch, let's enjoy the silly off-pitch soap opera of the transfer season. Hurrah!

CamberleyGooner
The Back To It Gossip

Footer 365

Gundogan yet to make decision on future

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan could yet join Manchester United this summer, according to a report from Germany.

Atleti, Arsenal and Liverpool target Vietto

Villarreal are reportedly attempting to renegotiate Luciano Vietto's contract to ward off interest from Atletico Madrid, Arsenal and Liverpool.

Sepp Blatter plans US trip for CONCACAF Gold Cup

Sepp Blatter is planning to visit the United States to attend next month’s CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament.

Mail Box

James Milner: Jose's Perfect Player?

Probably. But presumably he would not swap one bench for another. We have mails on over-hyped players, Arsenal enthusiasm, UEFA, FIFA and naked dudes...

Francis Is Coq Of The North (London)

There is more praise for Mesut Ozil, but it's Francis Coquelin who gets the big love in the Mails. Plus Lazio, Wilshere swears (who cares?) and an over-capped England...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company