Huw Jenkins, the Swansea City chairman, expects to face a battle to hold on to the midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson when the Icelandic player's loan deal comes to an end this summer.
Sigurdsson, who has been a revelation since joining from Hoffenheim in January, scoring seven goals in 15 appearances, worked with Swansea's manager, Brendan Rodgers, at Reading. He has said he would be happy to stay in south Wales, but Jenkins said: "He's done a great job for us and is still only young. Our aim is to keep our best players. We've always tried to do that and it will be no different with Gylfi".
"[Hoffenheim] wouldn't commit to do a deal before we took him, which we would have loved to have done. But we've got to hope that his relationship now with the club, with the players and with Brendan has helped him in the Premier League, and he sees us as a great option next season if he's allowed to leave his club in Germany. No doubt there's going to be a bit of a battle to secure his services for next season."
Jenkins is hoping Tottenham will sanction another loan deal for Stephen Caulker, who has impressed alongside Ashley Williams in central defence.Reuse content