Williams expects stars to stay

Swansea captain Ashley Williams is confident the club can keep

hold of their best players despite attracting interest from

elsewhere.

Swansea’s impressive run of form has led to speculation

surrounding a number of their top stars, with summer signing Michu

thought to be in demand across Europe.

Williams is not worried about the prospect of the team being

raided by other clubs as he believes if Michael Laudrup’s side can

maintain their form all the players will be happy to stay at the

Liberty Stadium.

“I think as long as the team are doing well I don’t think we

will have any problem keeping our best players,” he told Sky

Sports.

“I don’t think anyone is concerned about anyone leaving as we

are doing well and the players want to continue that.”

Williams has been impressed by Michu’s impact at Swansea, but

feels the whole squad deserve praise for their performances so far

this term.

“He [Michu] is a good player and we knew straight away when he

came on the pre-season tour to America, all the boys were saying

how good he was,” added Williams.

“All the boys that have come in this season have done well,

obviously he [Michu] is the one making the headlines and scoring

the goals, but I think everyone that has come in has contributed

and added to the team this year.

“Credit to the gaffer as he has brought in good players with

good mentalities and everyone’s knitted really well in the

team.

“All the lads here are good lads and we get on well and I think

the team spirit we have helps us.”

No targets

Swansea are just three points off third-placed Chelsea ahead of

Saturday’s home clash with Norwich, but Williams is refusing to get

carried away at talk that Swansea could qualify for Europe next

season.

The Wales captain insists the squad have not set any targets as

to where they could finish this season as they are only focused on

maintaining their climb up the league.

“It’s nice to be up there in seventh place, but I still count

downwards to see where the relegation places are before I count up

to the Champions League spots,” he said.

“That’s just natural as we want to make sure we stay in this

league.

“We are enjoying it at the moment and it is nice for a lot of

the boys who have come up through the lower leagues to be sitting

seventh in the Premier League is a nice feeling.

“We have not set any targets. We did not set any targets last

season and we haven’t this season.

“We just wanted to build on what we did last season, which I

think we have done already, and try and finish as high as we can

really.”

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