Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup on Friday signed a new contract to
run until June 2015, ending speculation about his future after helping
the Welsh side to a first major trophy in their centenary season.
know there has been a lot of speculation [about my future], but I've
always said that I am happy here and I never had any doubts I would
stay," Laudrup said on the Premier League club's website.
orchestrated Swansea's march to the League Cup trophy
last month, which included defeating European champions Chelsea in the
semi-finals and a record 5-0 win against fourth-tier Bradford City to
clinch the title. Swansea are also eighth in the league.
Madrid were among the clubs the Dane had been linked with but as
Swansea are assured a first foray into Europe next season in the Europa
League, Laudrup said he was not going anywhere.
"We've started something this season that I want to continue," said the former Barcelona player and Denmark international.
am delighted to sign the new deal and I'm already really looking
forward to next season. I hope there will be some very exciting things
happening with the team and with the club in Europe," added the
Getafe, Mallorca and Spartak Moscow manager signed a two-year contract
last June when he replaced Brendan Rodgers who went to Liverpool.
who won four Spanish league titles in a row with Barcelona and Real
from 1991-95, was acclaimed as Denmark's best ever player though he
did not take part in his country's surprise 1992 European Championship
Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins said Laudrup's commitment was a major boost to the club.
can never guarantee how things will work out when you employ a new
manager, especially after the success we've had in recent seasons," said
"I think everyone
has seen for themselves that Michael has helped take this football club
to another level."
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