Michael Laudrup has confirmed that he plans to remain at Swansea next season, despite reports linking him with a move to Real Madrid.
Laudrup replaced Brendan Rodgers as manager in the summer and won the Capital One League Cup on Sunday, guaranteeing the Welsh club a place in the Europa League. The Dane has subsequently been linked with a number of big clubs, including Real Madrid.
While he was flattered to be mentioned a possible Madrid boss, and won a recent supporters poll, Laudrup is adamant about finishing the seeing out the remaining year on his contract with Swansea:
“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,” Laudrup told Sky Sports News.
“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.”