Premier League

Laudrup 'snubbed big club'

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Thu, 18 Jul 2013 20:32:00

Michael Laudrup has revealed he turned down the chance to manage a Champions League club to stay at Swansea.

The Dane's future has been a hot topic after an impressive debut season in which he masterminded a ninth-placed finish and Capital One Cup glory - the first major trophy in the club's history.

Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco were reported summer suitors but though Laudrup refused to talk specifics, he admitted he had rejected high-profile approaches to stay in south Wales for at least another season.

"I've never been close to leaving because I said I would stay this season; it's important to us," Laudrup told Sky Sports News.

"We still have to consolidate this team, this club and a promise is a promise - that's why I'm here.

"Yes, it's true, there were some approaches from big clubs as well, even from Champions League clubs, but I said I was going to stay here."

Laudrup had warned Swansea chiefs the club would have to strengthen to build on last season's success.

And he has signed seven new players - including striker Wilfried Bony for a club-record £12million fee - as well as securing the stay of Villareal midfielder Jonathan de Guzman on a season-long loan.

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