Laudrup cools Swansea exit talk but admits frustration at lack of signings

The Dane insists he does not want to leave the Liberty Stadium but has voiced his growing concern at the club's failure to significantly strengthen the squad so far this summer
Michael Laudrup has insisted that he plans to stay at Swansea but has admitted his growing frustration at the lack of signings made by the club so far this summer.

The Swans have agreed a deal to sign Jose Canas from Real Betis on a free transfer but Laudrup believes significant additions are needed if they are to build on last season's ninth-place finish.

"I have always said that my intention was, and is, to stay at the club," Laudrup told the South Wales Evening Post.

"I think all the speculation regarding my future is due to the fact that there hasn't been any good news since we played our last game three weeks ago. We all need some good news.

"I had hoped for some signings at this stage, but I think this is a question to ask to the chairman and the board.
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"They have all the names of the possible players for our team. And all the players, except one, are in Swansea's level when we talk about transfer and salary.

"Everyone is looking forward to receiving some news regarding new players. Instead people can read in different papers and media that there are bigger and bigger problems with me, the chairman, the board, my agent or players who will not join Swansea because they are not sure that I will stay."

Laudrup is looking to strengthen his front line to provide support for star forward Michu and Swans chairman Huw Jenkins confirmed that all parties have agreed on the need for reinforcements.

"Myself, the manager and our recruitment staff are all agreed on the quality of players we would like to sign to help us remain competitive in the Premier League," Jenkins said.

"We are continuing to work behind the scenes, in private wherever and whenever we can, to strengthen our squad.

"For that reason it's disappointing that I have to respond to the speculation of unrest at the club after the fantastic season we have had.

"There are substantial funds available to strengthen our squad over the summer while we are also in the privileged position, because of the way we've managed our finances over the years, where we do not need to sell anyone to fund those new recruits.

"It goes without saying that some of our targets will sign for other clubs for different reasons. But that's the same for every club."