Michael Laudrup convinced Swansea City's star names will stick around
MICHAEL Laudrup is convinced there will be no mass exodus at Swansea City this summer — because his players know they are on to something good.
The likes of Ashley Williams, Michel Vorm and star forward Michu have all been mentioned as potential close-season targets for rival clubs.
Indeed, only yesterday, it was reported that Williams was on both Liverpool's and Arsenal's radar. Laudrup accepts it is impossible to rule out the odd departure, for it would be hard for any of his players to say no should one of the top sides come calling.
But the Dane is confident the majority of his squad will still be around come August — because they will want to remain part of Swansea's success story.
"A lot of players only came to us this season and they can see that this season is only the first part of things," Laudrup said.
"I think they can see we can get better. I am not saying we will do better than this season — even for this club to remain in mid-table would be an achievement.
"There are so many clubs who would want to swap positions with us and will sign players to try to do that next season. But we are going into Europe and I think we can improve next season, and I think the players see that too."
Despite being linked with heavyweight clubs like Real Madrid and Chelsea, Laudrup has reaffirmed his commitment to Swansea by signing a 12-month contract extension this spring.
A whole host of the club's senior players — including top-scorer Michu and defensive stalwart Williams — have also penned new deals in recent months.
Contracts can count for little if the chance of a big move — and the big money which comes with it — arises, but Laudrup is unconcerned.
He was left to do a rebuilding job after Joe Allen, Scott Sinclair, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Steven Caulker said farewell to SA1 last summer. But Laudrup reckons the core of his current squad will remain at the start of 2013-14.
"We have a lot of players who have extended their contracts, and I imagine that if you renew your contract it's because you want to stay," he added.
"That's why I did it. You never know in football — sometimes an offer can come to play for a bigger club who will double your salary.
"But I know a lot of the players will stay whatever happens."