Swansea City captain Ashley Williams insists he is staying in Wales despite Everton rumours

Swans boss Garry Monk confident of keeping his captain

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Swansea City captain Ashley Williams has rubbished reports linking him with a summer switch to either Everton or Crystal Palace.

The Premier League duo are speculated to have made an offer in the region of £5m in recent weeks but the 30-year-old centre-back has no interest in leaving the Liberty Stadium.

He said: "I'll be staying. The gaffer has already said that. I'm used to dealing with the speculation and bids. It's part of the job and I just take it as a compliment and shows that you're doing your job properly.

"I'm committed to Swansea and just concentrating on Swansea this pre-season."

Everton boss Roberto Martinez signed Williams from Stockport County in 2008 during his time in charge in South Wales but has been put off by the £15m asking price.


Garry Monk, the Swans boss, also moved to quash the reports this weekend.

He commented: "You can't stop speculation or anything like that, but... it's exactly the same situation.

"He's the captain of our club, he's captain of his country. It's a big year coming up for himself and he'll be doing very well in a white shirt."