Michael Laudrup insists he is happy at Swansea despite rows over transfers

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Michael Laudrup has told the South Wales Echo that the row between his agent and Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins will have no bearing on his future at the club.

Bayram Tutumlu, the Dane’s representative for the last 25 years, publicly criticised Jenkins last month after Laudrup had spoken of his frustration at a failure to secure transfer targets.

Jenkins opted to exclude Tutumlu – who had played a key role in the signings of Michu, Pablo Hernandez and Chico Flores – from the club’s transfer activity as a result.

Laudrup, who was linked with Paris Saint-Germain following Carlo Ancelotti’s departure, says he has will continue to work with Tutumlu but insists his relationship with Jenkins is “the same as it always has been”.

“There have been a lot of things over the summer,” Laudrup said. “In the beginning, there was a lot of speculation about the forwards, then came the big thing with Bayram.

“Bayram has done a lot of good things for the club – he played a very important part last season to bring in Michu, Chico and Pablo especially, and without getting paid for it because the important thing for him was to make sure I had a very good squad.

“I have been with him for so many years and I will continue being with him, but I am here because I said I would be. I promised that, and I don’t mix up those things. That hasn’t changed my relationship with the club.

“The only thing I can say is that it is a little strange for me how many times I had to repeat I was going to stay here. I remember after all the things with Bayram I said I am going to stay, but 48 hours later everybody said: ‘Michael is negotiating with Paris St Germain’. I felt: ‘What is the use of saying something?’

“I said to myself that now I don’t need to say anything more about this because it is not worth it. If you repeat yourself ten times and people still don’t believe you – I think they think: ‘OK, that’s football’. They say one thing and then two days later they do something different. Please never again ask me about my future, because it’s a waste of time.”

Laudrup said he had not demanded a specific amount of cash to strengthen the squad, but felt it was necessary to bring in a number of quality players to secure another top-half finish.

“Just to maintain the position we’ve achieved in the league – as we’ve achieved so much in just two seasons – we have to improve,” he said. “That means we will need more or less six players, and that is if we don’t lose any of the regulars.

“I said six positions and we agreed. It’s not to say I put down names or a certain amount. We have the right standard of player. If you look at our team – and with respect – I don’t see a player from the lower part of the Championship coming into our squad and strengthening it.”

Swansea have already bolstered their squad with the signings of Jose Canas, Jonjo Shelvey, Jordi Amat and Alejandro Pozuelo, while Wilfried Bony is expected to complete a £12 million move in the near future.

Laudrup added: “I am at Swansea and very happy to be working with this team and these players, because I still think we have something interesting here.”


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