Swansea manager Michael Laudrup reveals he rejected PSG to remain at the Liberty Stadium

 

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Michael Laudrup, the Swansea City manager, has reiterated his commitment to the club following a summer bust-up and says he turned down approaches from Paris Saint-Germain, Monaco and Fenerbahce to stay.

The club chairman, Huw Jenkins, and Laudrup's agent, Bayram Tutumlu, had a public spat over transfers at the end of May, leading to the Welsh club cutting all ties with the Dane's long-term representative.

That raised a question over whether Laudrup could continue as manager, but, in his first major interview since the row, the 49-year-old said: "I am still with both. I am at Swansea and very happy to be working with these players because I still think we have something interesting here. But I have been with Bayram for so many years and I will continue being with him."

Speaking during Swansea's pre- season tour here in the Netherlands, Laudrup added: "I don't have to choose between one and the other. It's my agent and my working place and it is two different situations. It's not one club or another I have to choose. And it's not about my kids or wife – now that would be different. My relationship with the chairman is the same as it always has been. [My agent's] relationship with the club is none of my business."

Laudrup revealed he turned down the chance to quit Swansea and go abroad, adding: "Yes there were clubs – a couple of big ones as well – wanted me but it never became anything more than that. As I've said and confirmed many times I wanted to stay."

The Ivory Coast striker Wilfried Bony should become the sixth close-season recruit to join Swansea for a club record £12m fee from Vitesse Arnhem in the next 24 hours.

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