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Laudrup admits Sigurdsson deal is a ‘special case’

New Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup is refusing to get draw into speculation over the clubs pursuit of midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson.

The 22-year-old Icelandic international excelled on loan at the South Wales club from Hoffenheim and was expected to make the move permanent in the summer for a club record fee of £6.8 million and has been handed 30-day deadline by the German club to complete his move to the Premier League.

Brendan Rodgers’ switch to Liverpool has put the transfer in jeopardy and Laudrup admitted he would to retain Sigurdsson’s services but is now seemingly resigned to losing him to the Reds.

Laudrup said: “It’s a special case. He was on loan here and did very well.

“He has a possibility to go to another club. He is owned by a German club. I would like him to stay, he did very well here.”

Laudrup revealed he has held discussions chairman Huw Jenkins over his transfer plans but insisted he won’t be making wholesale changes at the Liberty Stadium as it has the potential to destabilise.

The former Barcelona and Real Madrid midfielder also confessed that he had to research the Swans before taking over the managerial reins from Rodgers maintaining that it was important for him to learn about the club.

“To sign seven or eight players does not make sense.

“I think the research is very important. If I had done some more research in former jobs I might have taken some other decisions,” added Laudrup, who has also coached Getafe, Spartak Moscow and Real Mallorca.

“The people I talked to were very positive (about Swansea). People said ‘Michael it would be a good club for you.’

“I would like a new beginning, to come in and see how things are here. Change for change’s sake, I don’t think that is good.”

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