Michael Laudrup responds to Mark Gower criticism
MICHAEL Laudrup has dismissed the suggestion that he won't pick older players and told Mark Gower: "I hope you find another club in the Premier League."
Gower, who will officially leave Swansea when his contract expires in June, fired a parting shot at Laudrup this week.
The 34-year-old midfielder claimed Laudrup had gone back on his word by not giving him more game-time this season.
And Gower also said Swansea's manager told him in pre-season that he did not like any players over the age of 30.
Laudrup has pointed to the fact that the likes of Angel Rangel and Leon Britton (both 30) — and to a lesser extent Garry Monk (34) — have been involved regularly this season.
And he has suggested that more disgruntled players are likely to air their views when they leave Swansea this summer.
"We have other players over 30, so I think that must be something Mark was dreaming about," Laudrup said.
"He played last season quite regularly until (Gylfi) Sigurdsson came in, and this year he has only played a couple of games.
"I can understand why he is disappointed — every player should be disappointed when they are not playing.
"But when clubs move on they get better players in, and sometimes it's difficult for players to accept that there are others who are just better than them.
"Sometimes it's not that you are not good enough, it's just that others are better.
"It's not easy to accept, but that's how life is."
Gower, a good professional who served Swansea well throughout his time at the Liberty, plays the last game of a loan spell at Charlton this weekend.
He is not expected to return to Wales after that and will instead focus on trying to find a club somewhere in the South East for next term.
"I hope he will find a team next season where he can play," Laudrup added.
"I hope for the best for him and if he can play in a Premier League team and prove me wrong, I will hold my hands up and say it."
Laudrup has made it clear that Gower will not be the only player saying his goodbyes to Swansea this summer — and he expects to take more flak.
"I think we will see more of this," he said, "because when people don't play, they are not happy.
"You are always frustrated when you don't play, and that's one of the reasons why I want a squad of 22 or 23 next season — then everybody feels they can participate."