Michael Laudrup: Why should I leave Swansea City?
MICHAEL Laudrup has revealed for the first time how much he is enjoying life as Swansea City boss and declared: "Why should I leave?"
The Swansea manager is already being touted to go the way of Roberto Martinez and Brendan Rodgers by quitting the Liberty to join a club who are higher up the football food chain.
Laudrup's success in Wales has seen him linked with giants like Real Madrid and Chelsea.
But the Dane has another 18 months to run on his contract at Swansea and believes there is no reason to walk away.
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After a career spent on the Continent, Laudrup admits he is loving his first taste of the Premier League. And he is also enjoying the chance to oversee transfers at a club for the first time since his time as a coach began at Brondby.
"It probably comes as no surprise when I state that I feel very well in Great Britain overall and in Swansea in particular," Laudrup said.
"It is always easy to feel comfortable and be happy when results are positive.
"But in all honesty I find it satisfying to claim a stake in the development of this team.
"To build on the tactical approach on the pitch as well as outside, where I have a say in adjusting the squad with players that fit this club both on a sporting level and as humans."
Laudrup was yesterday playing his part in finalising Swansea's squad for the remainder of the season, with the Capital One Cup final and the chance of a top-ten league finish lying ahead.
And having had problems in the past when it comes to transfer dealings, Laudrup is enjoying being in the loop.
At Real Mallorca, for instance, Laudrup was left frustrated after Jonathan de Guzman was sold just before the transfer deadline in August 2011 and the club failed to secure a replacement. "In other clubs it is hard to obtain that kind of influence (on transfers) because the set-up is different," Laudrup added. "In most clubs globally it is the sporting director or the president who buys and sells players.
"To what extent the coaches are being heard in that respect varies. That has also been my experience.
"In Brondby I was heavily involved in player transfers. At Getafe the squad was almost set when I arrived but I managed to add my touch by bringing in Ruben de la Red and Esteban Granero on loan from Real Madrid.
"In Moscow I was heard but my advice wasn't followed — other players were bought.
"At Mallorca it was a battle just to be able to bring in Jonathan de Guzman on a free transfer. The remainder of transfers there I could read about in the paper or was informed of a couple of hours before signature."
Swansea are interested in extending the two-year contract Laudrup signed last June. Whether the 48-year-old will be interested in signing a fresh agreement remains to be seen — Laudrup's coaching career has been full of brief spells at clubs — but he insists he is in no rush to move on.
"I have been in this world of football long enough to know that there is no such thing as a 100 per cent guarantee due to the simple fact that it is an ever changing world," Laudrup said. "But I have one year running on my contract at Swansea once this season is out. "We have an exciting squad that we are able to take further in the season to come. I am happy to be here so why should I leave?"