Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup has thanked the club’s board for sanctioning their busy summer of transfers, Sky
Laudrup’s future at the Liberty Stadium was thrown into doubt earlier in pre-season after a falling out between chairman Huw Jenkins and Laudrup’s agent Bayram Tutumlu, which resulted in Tutumlu no longer playing a part in transfer negotiations, has he had done previously.
But the manager insisted he maintained a good relationship with both Jenkins and Tutumlu and would be staying in south Wales, despite offers from a number of clubs around the continent after a successful first season with the Swans. Laudrup took the club to ninth in the table and also clinched the League Cup, guaranteeing a Europa League place for the coming campaign.
And Laudrup was keen to build on that success this summer with a number of new faces – something the board agreed to and then set about making happen, much to the Dane’s delight. “The board have delivered on signings,” Laudrup told the South Wales Echo.
“But it wasn’t about saying I wanted this, this and this. Or I want £18m, £21m or £24m It was about knowing we had to strengthen our team. We achieved so much last season, but just to maintain that position we had to improve. We’ve bought in the right standard of player.”
Six new faces have arrived at the club so far this summer – defender Jordi Amat, midfielders Jonjo Shelvey, Alejandro Pozuelo and Jose Canas and striker Wilfried Bony, a club record signing, while Jonathan De Guzman has extended his loan from Villarreal for another year.
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