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Laudrup: No Reds bid for Allen

New Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup has played down rumours that Liverpool could move for Joe Allen.

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Allen, 22, enjoyed an impressive season at Swansea last term, scoring four goals from midfield in 35 Premier League appearances.

It has been suggested Liverpool, where ex-Swans boss Brendan Rodgers is now in charge, are keen on the midfielder, but Laudrup has insisted no bid has been received.

Laudrup said in the Daily Star: "I want Joe to stay here because he is very important for the team. As far as I know, we have heard nothing from Liverpool.

"If it is more than just rumours then I'm sure the chairman will talk to me about it."

He continued: "It is normal to have interest when people are doing well. Swansea did well in their first season in the Premier League and some of the players were not well-known at the highest level before.

"Of course we want to keep our most important players and I would not welcome any interest in my best players. But it is a part of the game."

Rodgers has a clause in his contract that states he cannot make an approach for any Swansea player during the first 12 months of his time in charge of Liverpool, unless a rival bid is made for the target in question.

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