Rodgers putting Swansea first

01 April 2012 10:47

Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers has indicated any club looking to tempt him away from Swansea will have to pay because he has a buy-out clause in his contract.

Rodgers has been linked with the Tottenham job should Harry Redknapp leave to become England manager after a superb first season in the Barclays Premier League with the Swans and, although the 39-year-old admitted he would love to manage a club in the Champions League one day, he insisted he was very happy in South Wales.

"I didn't put any clause in my contract to say if a top-four club comes in then I can speak to them. Not at all," he was quoted as saying by several national newspapers.

"The only item that was in the contract was if a big club came in and wanted me, and the chairman and I felt it was right for us to move on, then I wanted the club to benefit from it. That was very important for me that if I left the club would get rewarded.

"Other than that, I didn't want to instigate anything in the contract because I wanted to show I was happy here and continue to work."

Rodgers also told Radio 5 Live's Sportsweek programme that, while he had ambitions to manage in the Champions League in the future, Swansea was "perfect" for him.

"I think every manager will tell you the same, they want to get to the top of the mountain and have the opportunity to challenge for trophies and work at that level," he said.

"I learnt very early in my career, I probably tried to run to the top of the mountain and I fell over and fell all the way back down.

"But I have now found a club that's perfect for me and the city is a wonderful city. I love living here, my family loves living here and I am 39 years of age and I hope to have longevity in the game.

"I hope to be in the game for a number of years and of course somewhere along that line it would be great to have that opportunity to work at that (Champions League) level. But I do believe I am at a top club here which has grown and grown and I am very blessed and happy to be here."

Source: PA