Saturday, August 19, 2017

Swansea a perfect fit for Laudrup

Newly unveiled Swansea manager Michael Laudrup says his outlook on the game makes him the perfect man to take the club forward.

The Dane admitted he knows little about Swansea – who have spent just one season in England’s top flight in the last 29 years – but shares the club’s ideology.

Under former manager Brendan Rodgers, who left for Liverpool in May, the Welsh outfit became renowned for their slick, passing style in the Premier League.

“I had a lot of digging into what kind of football Swansea, what we want to do, the story of the club, the team, the managers and everything,” Laudrup said.

“The philosophy is going along with my way of seeing football.

“That’s one of the main reasons why I’m here – I think that’s very important.

“It’s always the club that points out the philosophy, and then you have to pick the manager. But the manager also goes along with the way that things are done.”

A fee had been agreed with German side Hoffenheim to sign on-loan midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson when Rodgers was still in charge at Swansea.

While Laudrup said he would like to keep the player who scored seven times in 18 matches last season, he admits the lure of joining Rodgers at Liverpool may prove too tempting for the Icelander.

“As far as I know he has a possibility to go to another club,” Laudrup said.

“He’s owned by a German club, so it’s really not Swansea who have the card in hand. It’s a special case.

“He did very well (at Swansea), but if bigger clubs come in with a lot of money, it’s very difficult to compete.”

Laudrup, who signed a two-year deal with Swansea, will now begin preparations to improve on last term’s 11th-placed finish.

Swansea’s Premier League campaign begins with a trip to Queens Park Rangers on August 18.

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