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Laudrup happy at Swansea helm

Michael Laudrup downplayed talk he will become Real Madrid's next manager as he described his happiness at managing Swansea.

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The Dane has taken the Welsh club into the top half of the Premier League and the Capital One Cup semi-finals.

And his achievements were recognised by supporters of his former club Real when he came third in a fans' poll of possible successors to Jose Mourinho.

But the former Getafe and Real Mallorca manager Laudrup said: "I am happy now. When somebody talks well about you it is nice, but remember I played there and have a lot of friends there."

Laudrup said he prefers to work in the Premier League than La Liga because he has greater freedom in the transfer market.

The Dane has been praised for his recruitment after bringing Michu, Chico Flores, Pablo Hernandez and Jonathan de Guzman to the Liberty Stadium.

He added: "It is different over here because the managers here have a lot more influence on who is coming and going.

"I prefer that because it is my responsibility because if things are not going well I am the one being sacked.

"That is why the manager should have some influence on who is coming and who is going instead of just being the trainer of the team and another person sitting behind a desk can buy and sell players."

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