Williams expects stars to stay
Swansea captain Ashley Williams is confident the club can keep
hold of their best players despite attracting interest from
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
“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
“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
“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
“All the lads here are good lads and we get on well and I think
the team spirit we have helps us.”
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
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
“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
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