Swansea’s Michael Laudrup looks to the future after penning new deal
Swansea manager Michael Laudrup says he wants to build on their League Cup success after penning a one-year contract extension
Michael Laudrup says he wants to build on Swansea’s League Cup success after signing a one-year contract extension to keep him at the club until 2015.
The former Denmark international masterminded Swansea’s 5-0 victory over Bradford City in the Capital One Cup final last month as the club celebrated its first major trophy.
Laudrup’s men have also impressed in the Premier League, with the Swans racking up 40 points in 28 games to secure their top-flight status for another season.
The 48-year-old, who replaced Brendan Rodgers last June, has been touted as a candidate to become Real Madrid’s next manager should Jose Mourinho leave in the summer, but Laudrup insists is happy at Swansea.
“We’ve started something this season that I want to continue,” Laudrup told Swansea’s website.
“I know there has been a lot of speculation [about my future], but I’ve always said that I am happy here and I never had any doubts I would stay. “I am delighted to sign the new deal and I’m already really looking forward to next season.
“I hope there will be some very exciting things happening with the team and with the club in Europe.”
Chairman Huw Jenkins said Laudrup’s commitment was a big boost, with the Swans chairman thrilled to see the Dane take the Swansea to the next level.
“This is a major boost for everyone involved with Swansea City, from the players, staff and Board of Directors through to the most important people of all, our supporters,” added Jenkins.
“You can never guarantee how things will work out when you employ a new manager, especially after the success we’ve had in recent seasons, but I think everyone has seen for themselves that Michael has helped take this football club to another level.
“He is a pleasure to work with because he shares the same philosophy as everyone at this football club. He has ensured that we have progressed again this season and I am convinced his knowledge, experience and expertise will ensure we keep moving forward for the next few years.”