Michael Laudrup: 'Big clubs wanted me'

Laudrup: 'Big clubs wanted me'
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Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup says that he turned down some "big" teams to remain with the Welsh outfit.

Michael Laudrup has claimed that he turned down some "big" clubs to remain with Swansea City this summer.

The Dane's future as manager of the Swans had been called into question over recent weeks amid reports that his agent Bayram Tutumlu had fallen out with chairman Huw Jenkins.

However, despite the interest in his services, the 49-year-old has insisted that he has never considered walking away from the Liberty Stadium.

"Yes there were clubs – a couple of big ones as well – who wanted me but it never became anything more than that," he told Wales Online. "As I said and confirmed many times, I wanted to stay and I told players the same when they asked me before they extended their contracts. I don't want to runaway from that.

"It's normal after a season we which was good for everybody that there is a lot of interest and eyes on all of us, domestically and internationally.

"But it never went further than that and I didn't have to speak to anyone because I want to stay here."

It was reported that both Paris Saint-Germain and Fenerbahce had been keen to discuss their vacancies with Laudrup.

Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup during the match against Fulham on December 29, 2012
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