Swansea boss Laudrup in awe of ‘pure class’ Giggs

The Welshman could make the 1000th senior appearance of his career against Norwich on Saturday, and the 48-year-old has described his longevity as "incredible"
Swansea manager Michael Laudrup has described Ryan Giggs as "pure class" ahead of the Welshman's 1000th career appearance.

The 39-year-old, who made his Manchester United debut 22 years ago on March 2 1991, would reach the milestone with an outing against Norwich at Old Trafford on Saturday.

And, with United having announced on Friday that Giggs has agreed a one-year deal which will see him play on into his 40s, Laudrup has hailed the midfielder's longevity.

"It is incredible he is still playing," Laudrup told reporters. "Now he is not a regular playing every week, but that is one thing that is so great in the Premier League.

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"We are talking about a player who has done so much in his career at Manchester United, he is now reaching the end of his career but he stays at the club.

"He goes from playing every game to maybe 70 per cent of games, but everybody still gives him the respect and love he deserves. You don't get that in a lot of countries. Normally the day you're no longer at the very top you leave.

"Nobody was expecting Ryan Giggs to still be at the same level he was 10 years ago, so it is great you see when he does come in, he is still pure class.

"He cannot play every game but class is class, and we still see that."