Clement dismisses Sigurdsson exit talk

Paul Clement has downplayed Gylfi Sigurdsson's recent comment he hopes success at Swansea City would earn him a move to a bigger club.

The Swans boss, who recently said that the 27-year old was on par with some of the players he worked with at Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid, assured fans that the player's subsequent comments are not an indication of a lack of motivation.

Following Clement's praise, the Iceland international told that playing for one of the clubs his boss referred to would be a "dream" and that he hopes he could earn such a move "in the near future".

"I think it's good for a young player to have ambition to play at the highest level," Clement said on Swansea City's official website. "I have no problem with that."

"What I see in Gylfi is someone who is very motivated to play well here and to keep us in the league," he continued.

"Every day in training he does the best he can and it is no coincidence that he is a very good player. The top players have talent, but they also have an unbelievable work ethic. Gylfi has that.

"We have not had one conversation about him playing anywhere else and that's not a worry for me. 

"Our focus is on Middlesbrough," he added, referring to the crucial relegation battle coming up on Sunday.

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The Swans have lost their last two matches and desperately need to regain some confidence going into the final third of the season.

They are currently placed in 17th position, three points clear of the drop, while their opponents occupy the 19th spot.

"Steve (Agnew, Middlesbrough manager) has had one game in charge and I have watched that game closely to see if there have been any significant changes," said Clement about the upcoming fixture.

"I thought they played well against Manchester United – 3-1 flattered United a little bit. 

"They will be organised and they will be looking to come here and win," he added.