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Laudrup agent flags contract talks

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup is set to begin talks over a new contract as he prepares his team for next week’s League Cup final.

While Laudrup has argued he is no rush to extend his contract past the 2013/14 season, preferring to focus on the present rather than the future, the Dane’s agent Bayram Tutumlu has claimed negotiations are likely to begin before the League Cup decider on February 24.

Swansea are keen to tie Laudrup to a long-term deal as Chelsea and, one of his former clubs as a player, Real Madrid are reportedly interested in the 48-year-old manager.

“Yes, Swansea has a strong interest in extending Michael Laudrup’s contract,” Tutumlu told Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet.

“In the coming days, we will meet with Swansea and discuss the possibility of an extension.”

With the League Cup final against Bradford City just over a week away, Laudrup has taken Swansea to Dubai for a few days to get away from the spotlight.

Laudrup won six cup finals during his playing career, while he has also emerged victorious from finals on four occasions as a manager but none of his playing squad have that kind of experience.

“I think it will be a huge game for everyone,” Laudrup said.

“I asked my team before the quarter-final against Middlesborough ‘have you ever played in a final?’ Only one player – Pablo Hernandez, when he was with me at Getafe five years ago we played a cup final (the Copa del Rey).

“Some of the others played the final of the (playoffs) to beat Reading (and move into the Premier League) but this is about the trophy.

“It will be the same, or even more, for Bradford.

“Imagine a fourth division (side) going to Wembley in front of 90,000 people.”

Laudrup’s star goal-scorer Michu is a prime example of the lack of trophy-winning experience in Swansea’s squad.

“(The League Cup final) is the chance to win the first title of my career,” Michu said.

“For me this game is massive.”

Wed 13 Feb, 2013
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