Laudrup backs Swansea forward Michu to win place in Spain World Cup squad

Michael Laudrup believes Swansea forward Michu can cement his place in the Spain set-up and travel with the holders to the 2014 World Cup, Sky Sports has reported.

Michu made his debut for La Roja in last week’s World Cup qualifier against Belarus, having been added to the squad by Vicente Del Bosque when David Villa dropped out through injury. Michu started the match and played just under an hour of the 2-1 win, before being replaced by Manchester City’s Alvaro Negredo.

Laudrup is of the belief that the 27-year-old can maintain his place in Del Bosque’s thoughts, although the manager admits it will be difficult as Michu is not one of Del Bosque’s automatic choices. But, the former Denmark international argued, no striker is. “He can make the World Cup squad, he has already proved it,” Laudrup said.

Like in every squad there will be players who will be automatic selections and Vicente del Bosque will already know who. Players like Sergio Ramos, Andres Iniestia and Xavi, a certain number of players are already there.

But for the final three or four places it will depend. Is it Roberto Soldado, Alvaro Negredo, Michu, Fernando Torres or David Villa? Will they take two of the five or three of the five?

Laudrup added that the determining factor is likely to be each player’s club form between now and the time the squad is announced. “We are talking about a high level there so I think it will depend on what they are doing with their clubs in the last months of the season,” he said.

Michu has just started his second year as a Swansea player, both spent under Laudrup, having been prolific from the off in south Wales. He has scored 27 goals in 56 games since his 2012 move from Rayo Vallecano.

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