Saturday, 8 June 2013

MICHAEL LAUDRUP HITS BACK IN SWANSEA TRANSFER BUST-UP


ABOVE: Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins is engaged in a row with Michael Laudrup over transfers
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All the speculation regarding my future is due to the fact that there hasn't been any good news since we played our last game three weeks ago. We all need some good news.
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Swansea manager Michael Laudrup
8th June 2013

By Mike Brown

SWANSEA boss Michael Laudrup has hit back at the club in the row over transfers.

Relations between Laudrup's camp and the club's hierarchy have become strained, leading to speculation he could leave the Liberty Stadium.

He has been shortlisted by Turkish giants Fenerbahce following the resignation of Aykut Kocaman.

The Dane led the Swans to Wembley glory in the Capital One Cup last season. And while he says he wants to stay, he has blasted the board for failing to sign a top-class striker.

Laudrup said: "I have always said my intention was, and is, to stay.

"All the speculation regarding my future is due to the fact that there hasn't been any good news since we played our last game three weeks ago. We all need some good news."

Swansea have released a statement confirming the signing of Spanish midfielder Jose Canas and denying a rift at the club.

But Laudrup is disappointed having targeted several strikers including Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Iago Aspas, Romelu Lukaku and Arouna Kone.

He said: "I had hoped for some signings at this stage, but this is a question to ask to the chairman and the board.

"They have the names of possible players for our team and all, except one, are in Swansea's level when we talk about transfer and salary.

"It is almost three weeks since we played the last game and everyone is looking forward to receiving some news regarding new players.

"Instead people can read in different papers and media that there are bigger and bigger problems with me, the chairman, the board, my agent or players who will not join Swansea because they are not sure that I will stay."

Chairman Huw Jenkins returns from holiday next week and showdown talks will take place to see if Swansea will need a fourth manager in five seasons.
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