Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup has said that although he is flattered by the speculation linking him to Real Madrid, he is happy with the Capital One Cup winners and has no intention to leave.
As far as debut seasons go at a club, it doesn’t get any better that Laudrup’s as he guided the Swans to their first major trophy in their 100-year history on Sunday with an emphatic 5-0 win over Bradford City in the Capital One Cup.
Not only that, the Welsh outfit are sitting in ninth place in the Premier League and are just one win away from bringing up the all-important 40-points, with a long way in the campaign still to go.
Laudrup has kept the same philosophies as previous manager Brendan Rodgers and played a superb style of football, but Swansea seem to be a lot more clinical this campaign and you could argue they pass the ball even better under the Dane.
With all this success though, comes a lot of speculation and there has been talk that Laudrup might be heading to the Bernabeu, especially after a survey run by a Spanish newspaper revealed that 78 per cent of voters that support the club wanted him to be Jose Mourinho’s successor.
Although Laudrup was honoured by this, he remains focused on his job at Swansea. He said: “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. 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.”
Chairman of the club, Huw Jenkins, has already said that if Laudrup were to leave, they would have someone ready to take over and with the decisions the board at the Liberty Stadium have made recently, you have to trust them to get it right again.
He might not be at Swansea for a long time, but Laudrup can still achieve a lot with the club and is sure to be leading them into the Europa League next season.