Rodgers unsure over Donnelly

Donnelly, 19, held talks with Rodgers over a move to south Wales
earlier this week, after Cliftonville, who have previously
expressed their desire for a deal to be done before Christmas,
initially accepted an offer of around £100,000. Liverpool and
Everton are also reportedly interested in a move for Northern
Ireland youngster, but Rodgers says Swansea have done all they can
to beat them to a deal. He said: “We have done everything we can up
until this moment. We had the player watched over a number of
months, I went to see him myself, and I felt he was worth taking
into our group. “We arranged for him to come over for a couple of
days, he’s a good kid and his agent and assistant coach enjoyed
their time here and that’s as much as we can do. “We agreed the fee
on the basis he came here and enjoyed it and we could put a deal
together, what happens after that is out of our control. “They
decided the fee was no longer agreed and that’s something out of my
hands.” Although Rodgers appeared downbeat about Swansea’s
prospects of signing Donnelly, he did not rule out the prospect of
chairman Huw Jenkins putting in an improved offer for the teenager.
“At this moment the chairman has spoken with their chairman and I
will find out how that evolves,” Rodgers said. “It’s up to the
club, I came back with a valuation and Cliftonville have played the
game quite well, but we shall see. “He’s a good kid and the two
clubs who are reportedly interested are fantastic clubs, but it has
to be about an opportunity for the player and they (Cliftonville)
will decide who will be best suited. “I find it sad and
disappointing that we had an agreement and now we don’t, morally
you would think that would stand but we will find out over the next
few days.” Wednesday’s 1-0 defeat at Everton means Swansea will
enter 2012 without a Premier League away win to their name. But
their excellent home form means they will be confident of picking
up points when QPR and Tottenham visit the Liberty Stadium over the
festive period. Rodgers, who will allow his players to spend
Christmas Day with their families, is keen to round off arguably
the greatest year in the club’s history on a high note, starting
with Tuesday’s meeting with QPR. “It’s been a real iconic year,
with some wonderful memories we have created and we are in the
Premier League and doing terrifically well,” he said. “We’ve had a
good start and we want to take that momentum into 2012, and there’s
no better way to have a real positive results. “We are an effective
team at what we do. We need to improve our away record but the most
important thing is that we are collecting points. “We must continue
to do that, there’s no point just doing it at the start you have to
do it at the middle and end of the season as well. “We are nearly
at the halfway point, we are happy but we are always motivated to
get more points.” Swansea have lost just once at home all season,
that defeat coming with a 1-0 reverse against champions Manchester
United, but their poor away record, which is the worst in the top
flight, means there is a need to maintain high standards on home
soil as they lie four points clear of the drop zone. Rodgers
insists his players are not feeling any extra pressure. “I’ve never
put the players under serious pressure here,” he said. “There is a
natural pressure of course, they really want to win but we all know
the consequence if you don’t pick up results. “I don’t need to
reinforce that. “All I want them to do is to continue playing good
football and in the main it’s been very good. “I know if we
continue to enhance and develop our style it will bring results.”
Rodgers also confirmed that Swansea have been contacted regarding
the availability of some of their players for the Great Britain
side that will play in next summer’s Olympics. Midfielder Joe Allen
has been linked with a place in Stuart Pearce’s squad, but Rodgers
would not reveal the identity of those who received invitations. He
said: “I have been contacted with regards to players. Once I speak
with the players I will let you know.”