Laudrup keeping his options open

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup has again emphasised that he will remain at the Liberty Stadium but has left the way open to one day taking charge of one of the top sides.

Manager of Swansea City Michael Laudrup

Laudrup's stock has risen since he guided Swansea to victory in the Capital One Cup final at Wembley.

The Dane stated in the wake of Sunday's 5-0 win over League Two Bradford that he was happy in his role at the Liberty Stadium and has confirmed he is keen to spend at least one more year in south Wales.

But the 48-year-old could yet be tempted by a move away, admitting he is not working to a long-term career plan.

"My intention is to stay next year. I've never said I do not want to manage a big team one day, it is just not a dream of mine - that's different," he said.

"If I go somewhere one day I do, if I don't I don't. It has nothing to do with ambitions, I have ambitions. How can I not after playing at big clubs for 17 years and winning titles?

"I just don't have a plan for three years' time. It's just how I feel."

Laudrup also admitted he has been pleasantly surprised by the worldwide interest in the Swans' cup success, although he was keen to emphasise he will not rush to sign new players in the summer as they prepare to play in the Europa League next season.

"It is incredible as Swansea have only been there for 18 months," he added.

"But you might be out of the competition (Europa League) before the Premier League season starts."

Meanwhile Laudrup has challenged Swansea to make sure they finish in the top half of the Premier League table.

Victory over Newcastle at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday would see Laudrup's side reach 40 points, effectively securing safety and capping off an historic week in fine style.

But the Dane wants his side to show their maturity and push on to secure a higher tally than the 46 achieved under Brendan Rodgers last season.

He said: "There might be a negative reaction after winning the cup - I hope not - but it's a possibility.

"I hope the players go out and play the best game of the season, because this is the first game after the cup final, we are playing at home in front of our fans with the cup on display, so I hope - but I don't know.

"The fact we are now in the Europa League next season has nothing to do with our Premier League form, because we didn't start the season thinking about Europe.

"We have 37 points and we know with a few more we are safe.

"But we've been competitive all season apart from against Liverpool so we can't stop now.

"I still think we can at least arrive at 50 points and do better than last season, to get more than 46, and finish better than 11th.

"We are ninth and if we want to stay there we need 50 points, so that's 13 points from our last 11.

"That should be possible, but we have some very difficult games and we have to compete, otherwise we could lose most of them."



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