Michael Laudrup's daughter Rebecca gives thumbs up to Swansea shopping
SHE may well have a hectic schedule thanks to her footballing legend dad, but a girl always, always finds the time to shop.
Rebecca Laudrup has been used to the designer stores of Madrid, Copenhagen and Barcelona.
And don’t forget the glitz and glamour of Amsterdam, Paris and even Moscow.
There’s little that the teenaged daughter of new Swans boss Michael Laudrup hasn’t experienced as far as glitzy shopping is concerned.
But when it comes to Swansea, well, it seems she just can’t wait.
Well, she is already here on an advance recce. And its the joys of places such as TopShop and Starbucks in Oxford Street she is looking forward to. Oh, and of course, Joe’s ice cream parlour in Mumbles.
Former Barcelona and Denmark footballing star Laudrup has just been appointed Swansea's new manager on a two-year contract. He moved in to the post officially yesterday flying in from his home in Majorca. Daughter Rebecca won’t be living here permanently because of her studies.
But she has stopped off with him on a ‘getting-to- know-Swansea’ visit.
She has spent the last 24 hours using the social networking site Twitter to tell everyone just what she thinks of her dad’s new home. Her verdict? Top notch! She said: “Sadly, I wont be moving to Swansea because of my studies.
“But I will be here constantly and supporting the team! I am a fan as well. I love how everyone here is just one big happy family!”
She adds: “What is Mumbles and Gower? And where is Joe's ice cream? People really seem to love those places.
“I really like this place, its got Starbucks, TopShop and umbrellas!
“Everyone keeps talking about the bad weather in Swansea, but people were waking around in shorts and T-shirts today. It’s such an amazing place — I am sold.”
Swansea Council’s city centre manager Daniel Jones said Rebecca’s positivity was a big boost for the area adding: “She should know a thing or two about great city centres, coming from Copenhagen and her father having played for Barcelona and Real Madrid.
“Her following on Twitter means the profile of the city centre will be even further raised at a time when we’re doing all we can to keep on improving the city centre visiting experience.”
Steve Hopkins, Swansea Council’s Marketing and Tourism Manager, said: “We’ve already experienced the benefits for Swansea Bay as a destination when it’s praised on Twitter. Well-followed footballers like Rio Ferdinand and Tim Cahill, as well as many other celebrities, were among those to have spoken very highly of Swansea Bay when they visited the area during the last Premier League season.
“We’ll continue to work closely alongside our partners to ensure Swansea Bay keeps benefitting from our status as a Premier League city.”
Dane Ida Tavner, who came to Swansea 15 years ago to study marine biology at university and has been here ever since said:” My experiences have all been positive.
“I did move away to England briefly and very much missed Swansea and Gower."
Ida, who now works for the Environment Agency Wales added: “ I have found the people here to be friendly and welcoming; I am sure Rebecca will too."