Michael Laudrup has admitted that he is flattered by speculation linking him with a managerial position at Real Madrid, but he intends to stay at Swansea next season.
The Dane has only been in charge of the Swans since June 2012, but his immediate success – culminating in a Capital One Cup final victory on Sunday - has made him a candidate for some to replace Jose Mourinho at the Bernabeu.
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A poll by Spanish newspaper AS saw 78 per cent of 40,000 Real Madrid fans asked prefer Laudrup to both Rafael Benitez and Carlo Ancelotti to take the reins if the Portuguese leaves at the end of the campaign – but Laudrup has moved to allay fears of an impending departure from the Liberty Stadium.
"My intention is to stay here next year, that's the only thing I can say really," Laudrup told Sky Sports.
"I am proud of [the poll results] because there were 40,000 voters and it's 78 per cent in front of two huge names like Rafael Benitez and Carlo Ancelotti, who have won league titles in Italy and Spain and the Champions League. So I'm very grateful.
"But I can't really say anything more. There will always be rumours but this time it's positive rumours about one club or another club.
"I can only sustain what I've said before - my intention is to stay here, I have one more year [on my] contract. And that's it."