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Laudrup brushes off Real Madrid link to commit future to Swansea City


Michael Laudrup insists he will not be leaving Swansea City in the summer.

The Danish legend was an exciting appointment for the Swans ahead of the current season, when Brendan Rodgers left the Liberty Stadium for Liverpool. And the former Mallorca coach has not disappointed, as he led the club to their first major trophy on Sunday when they thrashed League Two side Bradford City 5-0 in the Capital One Cup final.

Laudrup has also impressed in the Premier League as a top-ten finish looks on course, and this has led to speculation that the 48-year-old has emerged as a target for Real Madrid. With Jose Mourinho set to quit the Bernabeu in the summer, the Spaniards are thought to be keen on the Dane, but he insists he will still be in Wales next season.

“There will always be rumours but this time it's positive rumours about one club or another club,” Laudrup told AS. "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.

"I've been part of this - football - since the beginning of the 1980s so I know it's like that. I'll cope with it and I'll probably have a lot of questions about this probably every Thursday when I have a press conference until the end of the season. But that's a part of it."

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