Laudrup commits to Swansea for another year

The 48-year-old Dane has revealed that he will be staying at the Liberty Stadium next season despite reports linking him with some of Europe's most prestigious jobs
Swansea manager Michael Laudrup has insisted that he will remain at the club next season to guide them through their European campaign.

The Dane has been impressive in his debut season in the Premier League, overseeing the Swans' Capital One Cup success which has seen him linked with a host of clubs.

But despite their dip in form since the storming cup victory, culminating in defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday, results have gone in their favour elsewhere ensuring the Swans will finish in the top half and Laudrup is keen to build on that.

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"Next season I want to try to consolidate Swansea," he told reporters. "There is a lot of challenge there, we're playing in Europe and we would like to have that experience as a club, as a team and I would like to be a part of that. Then let's see what happens in the future.

"This season will always be remembered for the cup but to be in the top 10 is something really, really great.

"Money is not all not in life, and not in football but it's quite important and to have the lowest budget in the league means to finish in the top 10 may be an even bigger result.

"Our aim has to be to try to consolidate in mid-table. That sounds a bit arrogant but we finished 11th last year and eighth or ninth this season. That's what we have to aim for next season as well and it won't be easy as I know some of the clubs below us want to spend heavily so it's another huge challenge."

The Swans were just minutes away from spoiling Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement party at Old Trafford on Sunday before Rio Ferdinand's 87th minute goal consigned Laudrup's men to another defeat.

"In the first half we were lucky to only be 1-0 down but we had an excellent second half, scored the equalise, were the better team and had a couple of huge chances," he added.

"Unfortunately in the last couple of minutes we conceded at another set-piece - the thing that has been our weak point all season."