Football - Laudrup in no rush for new deal

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup believes there is no urgent need for him to extend his contract with the club.

PA Sport

The Dane is enjoying an excellent first season in charge at the Liberty Stadium, taking the club to new heights after building on the foundations laid by Brendan Rodgers.

The Swans sit in the top half of the Premier League table and will play in their first major cup final when they face League Two Bradford in the Capital One Cup final at Wembley later this month.

Laudrup's achievements in south Wales have already seen him linked with jobs at Real Madrid and Chelsea among others, and chairman Huw Jenkins is keen to tie his manager to a longer-term deal than his current one, which expires at the end of next season.

Swansea are keen to avoid a repeat of the departures of Rodgers and Roberto Martinez before him, and would like Laudrup to agree a one-year extension to take him through to 2015.

But with a Wembley final, important Premier League games and next week's warm-weather training camp in Dubai on the horizon, Laudrup does not believe his contract is a matter that needs to be dealt with immediately. He said: "I think for me the present is more important than the future, we have so many things coming up now and I already have a contract for next season so it is not urgent for me.

"We have some very important things to deal with right now. I am talking to the chairman a lot of times every week and we talk about a lot of things."

Several of Laudrup's players have recently committed their futures to the club, and goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel has become the third this week after agreeing a two-and-a-half year deal through to 2015. He joins midfielder Leon Britton and defender Garry Monk in putting pen to paper, and Laudrup said: "It's good to get the players signed up, they are important to us.

"We need to do it quick sometimes because it is difficult to compare and compete with the salaries of other clubs. You never know their other possibilities, you have to ask them, but we have to be realistic and know how it is here and the structure is working well.

"We know other clubs pay more money but players sign because they want to stay here which is good for us."

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