Swansea City boss Brendan Rodgers confident of keeping best players in January transfer window

Northern Irish manager believes positive start to the season motivates players to stay on-board in Wales and away from the clutches of bigger clubs enquiring in January
Swansea City manager Brendan Rodgers is confident he can hold onto many of his impressive players during the January transfer window despite outside interest from bigger clubs.

The Swans find themselves in 11th place at the moment - far above pre-season estimates - on the backs of several standout players, including midfielder Joe Allen and centre-back Ashley Williams.

The Northern Irishman believes his player's successes this term are fulfilling enough to repel outside interest once the window reopens.

"I have to be honest, I have no concerns whatsoever," the former Reading boss told reporters.

"I am relaxed, all the players here understand that this is a real good fit for them. We are a team really riding high on confidence, we are a group that has grown.

"For the likes of a Joe Allen, he will look at himself and know there are not too many better places he could be in European football to develop his game.

"Joe is coming off his first season playing regularly in the Championship, and he is now a key figure in a team that suits his style perfectly.

"Joe is going to be a big talent but I have no concerns, he is an intelligent lad who understands where he is at in his career and at 21 he has got 12-13 years left ahead of him.

"Our good players could play in any team but everything in life is about timing, it's very important and the players are really enjoying it here."

Meanwhile, Rodgers is doing everything he can to prepare his side for Saturday's away trip to Newcastle.

The Magpies have lost three of their last four matches after an undefeated start to the season, but the Swans manager is cautious ahead of the clash.

He added: "I took Reading there for their first home game of the season and everyone said it was a good time to play them and we lost 3-0 and went on to win the league reasonably comfortably."

"But the supporters don't score a goal, they are passionate and vocal but it is a wonderful place to go and play and if we look at the team then and now in terms of character it is very different.

"We go into it with no fear, our motivation is to do well, we have the game to win matches."