. . . “We will be aiming for another great year – and I want to be part of it.’’
Swans boss Michael Laudrup has vowed to do everything in his powers to keep driving the club forward after signing a new contract at the Liberty Stadium.
Having penned a new deal that extends his current contract by another year to June 2015, Laudrup confirmed that he still has unfinished business at the Liberty.
“We’ve started something this season that I want to continue,’’ he explained. “I know there has been a lot of speculation (about my future), but I’ve always said that I am happy here and I never had any doubts I would stay.
“I am delighted to sign the new deal and I’m already really looking forward to next season. I hope there will be some very exciting things happening with the team and with the club in Europe.’’
Having arrived at the Liberty in the summer following the departure of Brendan Rodgers to Liverpool, many people were predicting a tough second season in the Barclays Premier League for the Swans.
But with the club in eighth place in the table and a first major trophy already in the cabinet after the Capital One Cup triumph, the feel-good factor the club has experienced over the last decade has remained as strong as ever.
Although Laudrup had to admit: “I don’t think anyone could have imagined at the start of the season that things would have gone this well.
“I think everyone expected us to have a difficult year after the loss of the manager (Brendan Rodgers) and four key players (Scott Sinclair, Joe Allen, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Steven Caulker). I kept hearing the words ‘second-season syndrome’, but that hasn’t happened because the players here have done a fantastic job.
“We haven’t finished yet though because we know there is still a lot left to do this season. Once that’s complete then we will look to continue on the same road next season and keep pushing the club forward.
“We will be aiming for another great year – and I want to be part of it.’’
Laudrup now hopes that the speculation regarding his future will ease, although he’s not holding his breath!
“I know rumours and speculation are all part of the game,’’ he joked. “It’s been happening a lot with our players as well recently. But I see that as a positive thing because it means they must be doing well.’’