Jenkins moves to dismiss speculation over future of Swansea boss Laudrup

Michael Laudrup could be about to walk away from Swansea City despite a successful first season in charge after a row with chairman Huw Jenkins over the club’s transfer plans for the summer, the Daily Mail has reported.

Laudrup won the Capital One Cup and guided the Welsh club to a top-half finish after replacing Brendan Rodgers last summer but the relationship between manager and chairman is said to have degenerated, to the point the pair have spoken only once in the last two weeks.

The Dane is understood to want assurances from Jenkins that he will have money to spend this summer in an effort to build on what was achieved in his first season, with Swansea also facing the prospect of the gruelling Europa League schedule.

Jenkins has been on holiday in Portugal and the matter is only expected to be resolved when he returns. The Mail claims, however, that senior figures at the club are not confident that Laudrup will remain as manager, with speculation from inside that the former Getafe boss is attempting to engineer a way out of the club to move elsewhere while saving his new employers from paying the £10m compensation clause stipulated in his new contract, agreed in March.

Laudrup’s agent, Bayram Tutumlu, insists that is not the case, while Jenkins has also commented on the manager’s future. Jenkins said: “It is true that I have not sat down with our manager since the last game of the season against Fulham, but that’s because we have both been away on holidays at different times.

It doesn’t mean we haven’t spoken because I’ve had numerous conversations with Michael over the phone and there’s been no difference of opinion on our original transfer targets.

We have built up a strong reputation over the last few years at Swansea and I believe we have gone about our business in the right way. We have to remain strong for the sake of our supporters and make sure this proud reputation is protected at all costs.

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