Swansea City: Focus on Michael Laudrup's future after historic Capital One Cup victory
JONATHAN de Guzman would say good luck to Michael Laudrup if Swansea City's manager is tempted away from the Liberty this summer.
But de Guzman is convinced Swansea would attract another top boss should their man be headhunted by one of the game's giants in the close season.
And team-mate Nathan Dyer has faith in the club's decision-makers to make yet another shrewd appointment if Laudrup moves on.
Laudrup has been linked with the likes of Chelsea and Real Madrid during his successful debut season at the Swansea helm.
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And there has been renewed speculation over where Laudrup might end up after Sunday's Capital One Cup triumph at Wembley further enhanced his growing reputation.
Midfielder de Guzman reckons Swansea's players would understand should their leader have his head turned by one of the big boys.
"Everyone wants to get to the top and get the best out of their career and if it happens I will wish him the best, although it would be sad," he said.
"Last season everyone was so happy when Brendan Rodgers was here, and there was a lot of sadness when he left.
"People were questioning if Laudrup could do the job and he has done really well.
"If he gets the opportunity to take his theories elsewhere I would wish him the best — sometimes that's football.
"The club had the philosophy before he came, but he put a different accent on it and brought in players to help him tweak it.
"But we know a lot of coaches have respect for the way Swansea play good football."
Chairman Huw Jenkins admitted last week that Swansea's hierarchy are already contemplating who could be their next manager.
Swansea lost Rodgers to Liverpool last summer and Roberto Martinez to Wigan in 2009, while Paulo Sousa was also lured from the Liberty by Leicester.
Jenkins wants Laudrup to extend his contract by 12 months, which would take him to the summer of 2015, but the Dane has always shied away from making big commitments to Swansea.
Whatever happens in the future, Laudrup will be remembered as the man who brought a major trophy to SA1.
"He was outstanding as a player, he won every cup under the sun, so his experience and knowledge was always going to help," said Swansea wideman Dyer.
"He has brought in stuff we did not know and we have learnt and improved.
"He has been amazing — it has been great to learn from him.
"He will attract attention because it is a fairytale for Swansea to come up from the lower leagues.
"Whoever takes charge and does well here will attract attention."
Dyer, Swansea's Wembley man of the match, previously thrived under Rodgers, but believes the club would cope even if another manager departs.
"We have got the same players and it is not going to change things," he added.
"The chairman likes the philosophy and so do the fans, so he will find someone who wants to play football and as long as we do that we will do well.
"It was becoming inevitable that Brendan would leave given the progress we had made, and it is hard to turn down a move to a big club like Liverpool.
"But since I have been here I have had four managers and the chairman has brought in the right guy every time, so we have never taken a step back and he knows what he is doing.
"We still have the players to play the right way."
Laudrup, meantime, has admitted he is flattered by the latest stories touting him as a potential successor to Jose Mourinho at the Bernabeu.
Another survey of Real fans has indicated that an overwhelming majority want former playmaker Laudrup to return to the Spanish capital.
"I am proud when I see that because there are 40,000 or 50,000 voters and I am in front of two huge names like Rafael Benitez and Carlo Ancelotti, who have won league titles in Spain and Italy and the Champions League," Laudrup said.
"I am very grateful, but I can't really say anything more.
"I can only say what I said before, that it's my intention to stay here.
"I have one more year on my contract and that's it, but I know there will be lots of questions about this.
"I have said I would like to stay here, but even if you have a ten-year deal there will be rumours.
"All I can say is that my intention is to stay here."