Laudrup not planning to leave Swansea City
The Danish legend has been a revelation since arriving in South Wales last summer, guiding the Swans to the League Cup final against Bradford on February 24 and, perhaps more importantly, all but assuring safety in the Premier League for another season with the club currently seventh in the standings.
His work hasn’t gone unnoticed with Real Madrid, who Laudrup spent two seasons at during his glittering playing career, and Chelsea both reportedly keen for his services.
Swansea officials are desperate to tie down the former Juventus and Barcelona star until 2015 at least and are set to meet with his agent in the coming days. But while Laudrup wouldn’t speculate on those negotiations, he claims he fully intends to see out the remaining 18 months of his current deal.
“My intention is to stay,” said Laudrup, in Dubai with Swansea as part of a week-long training camp at Dubai Sport City.
“I have a contract for next year as well and I think it’s a very interesting team we’re building up and again we will try to build on in the summer as well. But now we have to stay in the present and the present in the league is to get as many points as possible and to win the Cup final and then lets see what happens next season. With new players coming in, the possibility of playing in Europe, it will be a very exciting season but first of all we have to finish this one.”
Asked if it was his ambition to manage a side of Real’s stature, Laudrup added: “I’ve been a player at the top level for 17, 18 years so I know you have to live in the present because you never know what will happen in the future.”
While nowhere near the level of his playing days, Laudrup has enjoyed a relatively successful start to his managerial career, winning trophies with Brøndby in Denmark and taking Getafe to the final of the Copa del Rey in 2008.
However, the 48-year-old admitted even he was surprised at how well he’s adjusted to life in the Premier League. “We are way, way ahead of what I could have imagined,” Laudrup said.
“Being in a Cup final is definitely success for everybody. But the daily bread, if we can call it that, the league - 37 points at this stage, 12 games to go. You’re talking about the magic 40 points and in 95 per cent of the cases means you will have another season and we’re just three points away form that with 36 more points at stake.”