Swansea boss Laudrup reveals Chelsea approach

Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup has revealed he was the subject of an approach by Chelsea over the summer, Sky Sports has reported.

Chelsea were seeking a permanent replacement for interim manager Rafael Benitez, who departed Stamford Bridge at the end of the season, while Laudrup had just guided the Swans to victory in the League Cup and a solid showing in the Premier League in his first season in charge.

There was however speculation the Dane’s future at the Liberty Stadium was in doubt after a disagreement between his agent, Bayram Tutumlu, and senior figures at the club. But Laudrup had already promised to remain in south Wales and Chelsea’s enquiry went nowhere, with the club eventually appointing Jose Mourinho for a second time.

Someone tried to know my availability through intermediaries, but there was nothing concrete,” Laudrup told Portuguese newspaper A Bola. “Also, I had given my word that I would be in Swansea,” the 49-year-old added.

Laudrup has previously managed Brondby in his native Denmark, Getafe and Real Mallorca in Spain and Russian side Spartak Moscow. A player with Brondby, Lazio, Juventus, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Ajax, his younger brother Brian played seven games for the Blues in 1998-99.

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