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Laudrup determined to keep Michu

Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup has priced star midfielder Michu at a hefty 30 million pounds to ward off interest in January.

Michu, a two million-pound signing from Rayo Vallecano in the off-season, has scored 10 goals in 15 English Premier League games to put him joint top of the list of leading scorers.

Such prolific form has lead to suggestions he may be subject to bids from bigger clubs in January, but his manager is insistent the player is going nowhere.

Swansea sold Joe Allen to Liverpool for 15 million pounds in the close season, and Laudrup believes a figure twice that amount would be needed to see Michu leave.

“I don’t want to let him go, sometimes the offer can be so big you have to accept but I really don’t think clubs are going to pay so much money for him,” Laudrup said.

“We have the example of what Liverpool paid for Joe Allen, if they have to pay double for Michu there are few clubs who could afford that.

oe went to Liverpool and you know more or less what they paid for him, but a guy who has scored many goals must be worth a lot more, so you work out the figures.

“I don’t think anyone will come with that money so he will stay here.”

Swansea have enjoyed a strong start to life under their new manager, and Saturday’s memorable 2-0 victory away to Arsenal leaves them seventh on the table, just three points off the top three.

That form has left some fans dreaming of European football in south Wales next season, but Laudrup is quick to play down such ambitions.

“There are other teams who will fight for that, it would not be logical for a team like Swansea to play for such places,” he said.

“That does not mean we are not happy at being at a good place in the table, but I look at the points.

“I am pleased with what we have now, but if we are sixth, eighth or 10th now it is not so important. We are 15 games in, there are 23 to go and it is still tight.

“If you look at the teams above and below it is very tight and you know in three or four games the situation can change very quickly.

“So we need to take one game at a time and when we get to March or April then we can see what happens.”

Swansea’s next match is at home to Norwich City on Saturday.

Thu 6 Dec, 2012
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