Michu hands Swansea City a huge boost — and says thank you
MICHU has told Swansea City fans not to worry about his long-term future and insisted: "I want to thank everyone at the club."
The Spanish forward continued his sensational debut season in the Premier League by scoring a high-class volley in Sunday's defeat at Manchester United.
It is now 22 goals this term for the former Rayo Vallecano man, who has been touted as a potential summer target for clubs all over Europe.
But Michu has insisted his only time on the Continent in 2013-14 will come when Swansea play in the Europa League.
"I've seen articles on the internet, but I'm very happy here," he declared.
"I only think about playing next Sunday against Fulham. I'm happy on the pitch and in this team.
"Swansea fans do not need to worry. I'm very interested (in having the chance) to play in Europe. We have to play two rounds before the group stage, but we're not worried about that.
"We start on August 1, but it's good for us because we will play a lot of official games before the league season starts.
"It will be the first time in Europe for me.
"I am very happy at the club and I want to say thank you to everyone at the club because we have all enjoyed this season."
Michu arrived at Swansea for just £2.2 million last summer, but Michael Laudrup reckons he is now worth in the region of £30 million.
Swansea hope they will not have to field any enquiries about a player whose impact has been so remarkable. Michu's season looked to be over when he picked up a hamstring injury in the draw with Manchester City ten days ago, but he returned earlier than expected at Old Trafford and seems set to lead the line against Fulham next Sunday.
"We are in the top ten and that's a great feeling, but we want to finish the league in eighth position," he added.
"We need Manchester Utd to do us a favour by winning at West Brom.
"I hope they can do that. They will try to win because it's (Sir Alex) Ferguson's last game at the club.
"They can win at West Brom, but we also need to beat Fulham.
"Finishing eighth would be fantastic. It would be like winning the league for us."
Michu describes his first year in English football as "amazing" having racked up 18 Premier League goals — a tally bettered only by Robin van Persie, Luis Suarez, Gareth Bale and Christian Benteke.
"I've scored goals, we won a title and we've played well all throughout the season," he said.
"I never thought it would go so well." Even so Michu insists he took little pleasure from his latest goal because Swansea were beaten late on at United.
"It was a good feeling, but we didn't pick up any points so we are really sad," he continued.
"We deserved one point — we played well in a difficult stadium — but we didn't get anything. We are not happy as they scored from two big mistakes from us.
"It was a difficult game because they were having a party, and we are not happy. They scored from two big mistakes from us."
Out-of-form Fulham will have little to play for at the Liberty whatever happens in Wigan's game at Arsenal tonight.
The Latics could catch Fulham should they win at the Emirates, but Martin Jol's team are all but safe as their goal difference is vastly superior to Aston Villa's.