Laudrup reveals he turned down Champions League clubs to stay at Swansea

The 49-year-old insists he received offers from some "big clubs" but says he was never close to leaving the Swans as he is keen to keep his promise to the Capital One Cup champions
Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup has revealed he turned down the chance to manage in the Champions League to stay with the Capital One Cup winners.

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The 49-year-old’s future has been the subject of much speculation after he guided the Swans to their first ever major trophy, as well as a ninth-place finish in the Premier League last term.

But the Dane insists he has "never been close" to leaving the Liberty Stadium, despite reported interest from the likes of Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain, and is fully committed to Swansea.

"I've never been close to leaving because I said I would stay this season; it's important to us," Laudrup told Sky Sports News.

"We still have to consolidate this team, this club and a promise is a promise - that's why I'm here.

"Yes, it's true, there were some approaches from big clubs as well, even from Champions League clubs, but I said I was going to stay here."

Laudrup has had a busy transfer window at Swansea this summer, signing seven new players - including striker Wilfried Bony for a club-record €14 million fee and midfielders Jonjo Shelvey and Jose Canas.