Friday, March 23, 2018

Monk confident Swansea can keep Fabianski

Monk confident Swansea can keep Fabianski

Swansea City F.C. manager Garry Monk expects Lukasz Fabianski to stay at the club despite being linked with a move to German Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund, according to Sky Sports.

The Poland international, who joined Swansea from Arsenal on a free transfer last summer, has kept 13 clean sheets in 36 league appearances for the Swans in 2014/15, and could win the English Premier League’s Golden Glove award at Crystal Palace on Championship Sunday.

Fabianski’s form has alerted a number of clubs across Europe, including Dortmund, but the player is happy at the Liberty Stadium, according to Monk.

“We can easily keep him here,” Monk said. “He’s a Swansea City player and very committed to this club.

“We’ve given him a great opportunity which he wanted, he’s fought for this chance and deserved it.

“He’s earned the right to have that opportunity, but players see the club going forward and they sense it every day.

“There’s no reason to move and the conversations I’ve had with them tells me they are very much looking forward to next season.”

Although reports have suggested Fabianski’s representatives have held talks with the club over new terms, Monk is ‘unaware’ of whether such talks have taken place.

“Whether his agents are discussing, or trying to discuss, with the club I’m not sure what level that’s at,” Monk added. “It’s a possibility his agents have made contact with the club but I’m unaware of it.

“We’ll see in the future about the negotiations but the reward will come if the club sees fit and I’ll have those conversations with the chairman.

“There’s an element that these players are lucky to play for this club and the level that they are. They’ve got a great platform at a club which is progressive and to be in a team that has done remarkably well this season.

“It’s about them fighting for that opportunity as well, so it’s a two-way thing, and it’s important they show loyalty.”

Swansea are priced at 23/10 to win at Crystal Palace at the weekend.

Guardiola: Schweinsteiger free to decide future

Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola has revealed Bastian Schweinsteiger is free to determine where his future lies this summer.

The Germany international, 30, is being currently being linked with a £10 million move to Manchester United, but Guardiola expects the player to be plying his trade at the Allianz Arena next term.

“My plan for next season is that Bastian Schweinsteiger is here,” Guardiola said.

“Schweinsteiger is an outstanding legend of Bayern Munich. He has to decide – not Pep, not [CEO] Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. If he wants to stay for three or four more years here, he can do that.”

Schweinsteiger has tallied four goals and four assists in 19 Bundesliga appearances for the German champions in 2014/15.


Shawn Etemadi



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