Huw Jenkins: 'Swansea City do not need to sell best players'
HUW Jenkins has fired a warning shot to clubs thinking of bidding for Swansea City's players by declaring: "We do not need to sell."
Ashley Williams, Michel Vorm and Michu are among Swansea's players who have attracted interest from other clubs this season.
But with Swansea announcing record profits of £15.9m for the six months up to the end of November 2012, Jenkins is more concerned about strengthening the squad. Talks are ongoing to extend Jonathan de Guzman's stay at the Liberty, while Swansea will also be looking to bolster their attack when on-loan striker Itay Shechter leaves.
And although Jenkins expects clubs to be circling this summer, he is adamant that they have the necessary funds to keep their prized assets.
"I think other clubs know that we're in a strong position financially," he said.
"Not only do we earn respect on the field, people know how we work off the field as well.
"Clubs know where we're at if anyone comes in for our players, and we'll deal with that if and when they do."
One player who will certainly be leaving the Liberty Stadium is Shechter, who managed just one goal during his season-long loan from Kaiserslautern.
Jenkins said: "His loan runs out in May or June and I wouldn't expect him back with us next year."
Swansea's chairman was a little more coy about another loanee, Roland Lamah, who joined on an 18-month deal from Osasuna in January.
The Belgian winger has struggled to make an impact during his time at the Liberty, and Jenkins said the club would "wait and see" before deciding on his future this summer.
Swansea will also have to be patient in their bid to sign de Guzman permanently from his Spanish parent club Villarreal.
"Over the next few weeks we're going to make a decision and find out what we need to do to keep him here next season," said Jenkins.
"Michael's made his feelings known, that he'd like to keep him, and we'll see where we go from there.
"We've talked to his agent and there is an option in place (to buy him permanently) which we're fully aware of.
"But on the other side, it comes down to what the player wants and what his club, Villarreal, want.
"Like most things in football these days, it's going to be down to the player to decide where his future lies."
Meanwhile, Swansea midfielder Leon Britton is set to undergo a double-hernia operation, but is expected to be fit for the start of next season.