Jenkins confident Laudrup will remain at Swansea despite Real Madrid links

The 48-year-old has impressed since taking over from Brendan Rodgers last summer but the Swans chairman is relaxed about his future in the light of speculation elsewhere

Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins is confident that manager Michael Laudrup will see out his current deal with the Premier League outfit, despite reported interest from Real Madrid.

The 48-year-old - whose contract runs until the summer of 2014 – has guided the Welsh club to an impressive ninth-place standing since replacing Brendan Rodgers in June, prompting suggestions that he could be in the running to replace Jose Mourinho should the Portuguese leave the Spanish giants at the end of the current season.

However, Jenkins expects Laudrup to remain at the Liberty Stadium and is delighted with the way in which he has settled into managerial life in England.

"He's doing very well this season, I fully expect him to be with us and see through his contract with us," he told BBC Radio Wales Sport.

"Michael has settled in very well. After losing Brendan [Rodgers] we had big changes in the summer that we had to cope with and things have gone very well.

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"I don't think you could have wished for a nicer person to have come in as manager than Michael Laudrup.

"I think, match-by-match, tactically and the way he puts our team out and the way we approach different games, he's getting better and better and quite rightly so he's going to make headlines himself."

Along with their league exploits, Swansea currently hold a 2-0 advantage heading into the second leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final against Chelsea and Jenkins feels that the Dane will be equally happy with the start that he has made at the Swans.

He added: "He's come here to do a job for a few years to try and progress our football club, which obviously he's doing very well this season.

"Ultimately he's not here to promote himself, he's a worldwide figure in his own right as a player, and I think he's got time on his side to develop anything else he wants to do in management."

Laudrup recently gained, in an unofficial poll, 15.9 per cent support of Real Madrid fans backing him to replace Mourinho when the Portuguese leaves but Jenkins remains relaxed, noting: "I did see that and I saw Michael about it. I just made one condition - that he takes me with him as well!"