Michael Laudrup: Jonathan de Guzman's Swansea City future will come down to money
MICHAEL Laudrup is convinced Jonathan de Guzman will leave Villarreal this summer — but admits Swansea City's bid to land the Dutchman will come down to cash.
Swansea have started negotiations with Villarreal, de Guzman's parent club, about turning his loan at the Liberty into a full-time deal.
But it is thought the Spanish club could demand as much as £7 million for the midfielder, who cost them around 8 million euros when he signed from Real Mallorca in 2011.
And though Laudrup reckons de Guzman is hungry to remain at Swansea beyond this season, a deal is some way off being done.
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"Whatever happens, I don't think Jonathan will go back to Villarreal," said the Swansea manager. "They may take him back and try to use him to get some money, but I think it's important what the player wants.
"Jonathan wants to stay with us, but you can never say for certain what will happen.
"There are lots of parties involved — the player, agents, the club who own him and ourselves. There is no agreement for us to sign him permanently in the loan deal. As it stands he goes back to Villarreal in the summer, so it's a question of whether we can agree a fee with them."
After one difficult season at Villarreal, de Guzman took a while to settle into life in the Premier League.
But the 25-year-old has justified Laudrup's continued faith in him — he previously signed him at Mallorca — by scoring eight goals in 35 Swansea appearances to date.
His performances in a Swans shirt saw de Guzman earn a first senior Holland cap last month, and they will not have gone unnoticed by other managers.
But Laudrup reckons de Guzman would be happy to commit to Swansea for the long term if a deal can be done between the clubs.
"He came here after a difficult year with Villarreal, who lost all six of their Champions League games and got relegated from La Liga," Laudrup added.
"It was their worst season ever and Jonathan didn't play that much. Since coming here he has got his debut for the national team, and we all know there is a World Cup coming up in 15 months' time.
"If you want to get into that (Dutch) squad you have to play many games, and I think Jonathan is aware of what he has to do.
"I know he wants to stay here, but there is still a third of the season to go so it is too early to say exactly what will happen."
Laudrup has not ruled out taking de Guzman on a second year-long loan deal, although Villarreal are unlikely to be keen on that idea.