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.”