Huw Jenkins convinced Michael Laudrup will stay at Swansea City — for another year at least
HUW Jenkins is convinced Michael Laudrup will still be at Swansea City next season — and is confident the Dane will extend his Liberty contract.
Laudrup is being touted as a leading candidate to take over at Real Madrid if Jose Mourinho departs this summer.
The Swansea manager has also been linked with the likes of Chelsea and Barcelona this term, and his stock has risen significantly after last weekend's success in the Capital One Cup final.
Laudrup is only contracted to Swansea until the end of next season and has continually refused to discuss his long-term future at the club.
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But Jenkins says that for the moment at least, there are no concerns in the Swansea boardroom that they will be forced to find another new boss this summer.
And the Swansea chairman has also indicated that Laudrup will agree a 12-month extension to his current deal in the next few weeks.
"Personally I have no issue over whether Michael will be here next season — I think he will be," Jenkins said.
"He has said he will honour his contract, so I think we are talking about another year down the line.
"Then, depending on how successful we are next season, I suppose it will be a decision for Michael whether he would like to go and live somewhere else or carry on at Swansea.
"That will be his choice, and it will probably be to do with personal choice as well as football.
"But as far as I am aware, I don't think there's an issue this summer — but then I am usually the last to know about anything.
"When I get a call I will assume the deal has been done, but we will wait and see if that happens."
Swansea have become used to stories linking their managers with other clubs in recent years.
"Every time we are successful someone wants our manager — and that's not going to change," Jenkins added.
"They probably see us as easy pickings. They think they can come and pinch our manager and, whether it's next summer or the summer after that, we will probably have to do the same again.
"But we have been talking to Michael and I suppose we will have to speed things up and get things sorted in the next few weeks.
"It is ultimately Michael's decision, just like with any other manager.
"It will be back in his court really to decide, probably next season. In the next few weeks we will look to try to get a bit more security, but that's not going to guarantee anything further than next year."
Swansea's decision-makers knew when they appointed Laudrup last summer that he would not be here for the long term.
"Michael said when he came that he couldn't see himself being in Swansea for three or four years — it's no surprise to us," Jenkins said.
"With us doing well, and with Michael's links to clubs like Real Madrid, it's quite natural that he is going to be touted around."
Swansea have seen their last three managers depart for what they felt would be better jobs.
But Jenkins hopes Laudrup will recognise that he is on to a good thing in SA1.
"I felt from the start that he needed some stability as a manager, to give himself time to show he could be a success in one environment over a period of years," he continued.
"That's what the top managers are about, and I felt this would be the right place for him to do that.
"I think in his interests it would be right to stay with us and have a go next year to see where we can go."
Laudrup's agent, Bayram Tutumlu, has also suggested an extended Swansea deal is close.
"We have a very good relationship with Huw Jenkins and negotiations take place in a positive spirit," he said.
"Michael Laudrup is very happy to be in the club.
"It's really not that complicated."