Michael Laudrup insists he is happy to remain at Swansea City, but has advised his board to keep their word and allow him to improve his existing squad.
The former Denmark international was appointed as Brendan Rodgers’ successor at the Liberty Stadium last summer, and he has enjoyed a fine debut campaign in England. Not only did he lead the Swans to a top-half finish in the Premier League, the former Mallorca coach delivered a first major trophy in their history when they beat Bradford City in the League Cup final.
With David Moyes leaving Everton for Manchester United at the end of the season, Laudrup has been heavily linked with taking the vacant position at Goodison Park. However, the 48-year-old is happy to stay at the Welsh club, but he has indicated that the board must deliver on their promise to allow him to add more quality to his current pool of players.
“I wanted to stay because the club said they were going to strengthen their team. Of course we need to do that, but I’m sure they will keep their word about that,” the two-time Danish Footballer of the Year told Sky Sports. “And then I want to stay for the fans and also for some of the players – they came for me so I can’t just leave them after one season.”
Despite these comments Laudrup remains in the running for the Toffees job, according to latest odds on oddschecker.com, which has some bookmakers making him a 10/1 shot. However, Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez remains the favourite for the position.