Michael Laudrup believes it’s too soon to speak about the Barcelona job…
Swansea manager Michael Laudrup has not been drawn to speculate on the possibility he will be offered the Barcelona job following Tito Vilanova’s resignation, reports Sky Sports.
Barcelona’s title winning boss Vilanova sadly had to resign from the post last night due to ill-health, and Laudrup’s name has been mentioned as a candidate to replace him following a fantastic debut season at Swansea.
Laudrup also won four La Liga titles for Barcelona in the early nineties, and has the passing brand of football that is demanded at the Nou Camp embdedded into his philosophy.
“I can’t comment on the speculation. It’s all just happened today and even for those in the club who maybe knew about the situation, I still think the announcement will have come as a shock,” Laudrup said.
Laudrup also sent his condolences to Vilanova, following the unfortunate news that broke last night.
“I hope he will get fit again as this is only football and life is more important,” added the Danish manager.
It would be difficult for Laudrup to leave Swansea after the board have backed him so heavily in this summer’s transfer window. The club have spent money on Jonjo Shelvey and Jordi Amat, and made Wilfried Bony the club’s £12.2m record signing from Vitesse Arnhem. Adding these players to an already impressive squad – that includes the likes of Michu, Pablo and Ashely Williams – could see them embark on an impressive run in the Europa League, which they earned a place in with last seasons League Cup triumph.
The lure of Barcelona of course, could be too much for any manager, and especially one who enjoyed such successful years at the club as a player. It remains to be seen whether Barcelona’s interest in Laudrup is concrete, and whether the impressive manager will have a decision to make or not.