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Laudrup rules out further Spanish signings

Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup does not envisage signing any more players from Spain.

The Welsh club now have a Spanish contingent of seven, following the arrivals of Jose Canas, Jordi Amat and Alejandro Pzuelo during the current transfer window.

But the Dane has no plans to add to that number as he continues his recruitment process ahead of the new Premier League season.

“We have seven Spanish players now and we have more or less reached a limit,” he said.

“They are all very nice guys but this is still a Welsh team – a British team.”

Swansea were successful in their transfer dealings from La Liga in 2012-13, with forward Michu generally considered one of the bargains of the season after he arrived for £2million from Rayo Vallecano.

The 27-year-old scored 18 Premier League goals in his debut season, but Laudrup concedes he must now look to utilise the British market.

“The Premier League and La Liga are the top two leagues but there is an economic difference because of the financial crisis,” he continued.

“We can have two players at the same level and one will cost £4million and the other £8million – which would you choose?

“The problem is one player is Spanish and the other is British. But you can’t choose the £4million man every time or you will have 11 Spanish players.

“That’s why I am very pleased we have a player like Jonjo Shelvey. He Has quality, he’s young but experienced and I hear the value for money is good.

“When you have the possibility to get a talent like that, it’s good.”

Sat 13 July, 2013
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