Dane to remain at Liberty Stadium despite reports linking him with Mourinho’s job.
Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup says he is flattered to be linked with a return to Real Madrid but insists he intends to lead the Jacks into Europe next season.
The Dane managed Swansea to the finest moment in their history on Sunday when they beat Bradford 5-0 at Wembley to claim the Capital One Cup.
Laudrup has earned widespread praise for the job he has done at the Liberty Stadium and has been linked with a return to the Bernebeu to replace the under-pressure Jose Mourinho.
The former Denmark international played for Los Blancos between 1994 and 1996, winning the La Liga title before departing for Japan.
Laudrup topped a poll of Real Madrid supporters’ preferred choice to replace the Portuguese should he leave the Bernabéu as expected this summer.
But the Swansea manager responded: “I’ve said I’d like to stay here but even if you have a 10-year deal, there will always be rumours. My intention is to stay here next year, that’s the only thing I can say really.”
The 48-year-old signed a two-year deal when he succeeded Brendan Rodgers in the summer but Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins is keen to tie Laudrup to a new two-year contract.
The former Denmark international admitted he was proud to top the Real supporters poll but stressed he will still be in South Wales next season.
“I am proud of that [poll] because there were 40,000 voters and it’s 78% in front of two huge names like Rafael Benítez and Carlo Ancelotti, who have won league titles in Italy and Spain and the Champions League,” Laudrup is quoted as saying by the Guardian.
“So I’m very grateful. But I can’t really say anything more. There will always be rumours but this time it’s positive rumours about one club or another club. I can only sustain what I’ve said before – my intention is to stay here, I have one more year on my contract. And that’s it.”