Swansea manager Michael Laudrup shuns Real Madrid links
Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup has rubbished reports suggesting he will be joining Real Madrid at the end of the season. Michael Laudrup insists he has no intentions of leaving Swansea City for the opportunity to manage a “big team” right now.
Michael Laudrup, who inked a one-year extension to his contract last month, is set to remain at Swansea City till the June 2015. With Jose Mourinho being linked to a return to Chelsea at the end of the season, many see Michael Laudrup as his potential successor at Real Madrid.
The Danish manager has proved his mettle by capturing the Capital One Cup with Swansea City in his debut season. Moreover, Swansea City looks destined for a top-ten finish under Michael Laudrup.
Michael Laudrup took speculation of him moving to Real Madrid as a compliment, but confessed he won’t be able to prove himself as a manager at top notch European club.
“People ask me - 'do you have a dream of training a big team?' and I always say no,” Michael Laudrup told AS. “It is not a dream for me. I start the year with the dream of coaching Madrid or Barcelona, or Manchester United. Then let's say after eight or nine years I got to achieve that dream.
“I get there, and then at the end of the season I lose the Champions League final, finish second in the league by three points and lost on penalties in the cup final. The club will turn round and say, 'hey Michael, there is no title. We're going to have to change'.”
Michael Laudrup admits he has no intentions of leaving Swansea City and denied reports suggesting he has been approached by Real Madrid with a mega-deal. However, Michael Laudrup refused to rule out a move to Spain in the future.
“Listen, that is obviously not the same as saying that I do not want to go to those teams,” Michael Laudrup said. “Of course I do. And if it comes, it comes. But if it doesn't, it doesn't.
“I don't think Madrid have made any decisions [about next season's manager]. Nobody has talked to me. My relationship with the President [at Swansea] is phenomenal. I want to be here next year.”