Neuer backs Clement to succeed at Swansea

FC Bayern München goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is adamant that former assistant coach Paul Clement can help Premier League outfit Swansea avoid relegation this season.

Carlo Ancelotti's former second-in-command left the Bavarian giants to take up the role of Swans' head coach in January.

Despite the Germany international goalkeeper suggesting that Clement's departure has negatively affected the team, Neuer has still wished the 44-year-old nothing but success for his venture in England.

"It's a shame for us that he's not here anymore but of course I can understand Paul Clement's view that he wanted to accept the offer from the Premier League," he told The Set Pieces.

"We know that he was a great guy, who helped us a lot as a team. He took on a lot of responsibility [at Bayern], he talked a lot with the players and I think he'll be able to help Swansea.

"We are all keeping our fingers crossed for him now that he's taking up a role as a head coach in the Premier League," he concluded.

Clement registered his first victory at the helm of the 17th-placed team when his side defeated Liverpool 3-2 at Anfield over the weekend.