Jenkins: Laudrup link still strong

28 June 2013 01:46

Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins insists his relationship with Michael Laudrup has not been adversely affected by a summer disagreement over transfer policy, but he has made it clear he will not alter his prudent financial approach.

Rather than being able to focus on strengthening their squad ahead of a season which will include the club's first foray into the Europa League, the Liberty Stadium outfit have had to cope with a falling out between Jenkins and Laudrup's long-time representative Bayram Tutumlu.

"My relationship with Michael Laudrup has always been very good, that has never been in doubt," Jenkins said. "There has been a lot of speculation this summer, a lot of it when Michael was on holiday, lots of it was blown out of proportion. But we weren't close to losing him (Laudrup) as far as I was concerned."

The disagreement concerned proposed transfer targets and the amount of money Swansea were prepared to spend in acquiring them.

The row put 49-year-old Laudrup's future at the club in doubt, particularly when Swansea decided to stop dealing with Tutumlu, after he attempted to broker a deal to sell defender Ashley Williams against the club's wishes, but there has been more positive news to report in recent days with the club having tabled a number of bids for players targeted by their Danish boss.

Midfielder Jose Canas and defender Jordi Amat have arrived from Real Betis and Espanyol respectively, while Press Association Sport understands a club record £10.2million deal for Vitesse Arnhem striker Wilfried Bony is moving ever nearer. And Jenkins is adamant he always believed Laudrup would remain in charge.

"Michael Laudrup has made his feelings known that he wanted to stay here and we have been looking to bring in five or six players," Jenkins said.

"We've worked hard during the last month or two with a lot of offers in for a lot of players, we are hoping to bring in one or two of those main targets, which have been publicised quite a bit but we will hopefully land them.

"There's always speculation when a club like us has been successful, whether it be players or managers, someone can come along to try and poach them, it's the type of club we are and we have to accept it.

"You can lose a manager or player in the transfer window any day. We're always prepared here if things change for whatever reason out of our control, we have to deal with it."

Source: PA