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Feb 24, 2013

Laudrup not keen on big-club mentality

Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup currently has no interest in taking on the must-win pressures that come with managing clubs such as Real Madrid or Chelsea.

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Laudrup has impressed during his debut season at the Liberty Stadium, with the side ninth in the Premier League table and in Sunday's Capital One Cup final against Bradford.

Such has been the impression made by the former Denmark international, who has previously managed the likes of Spartak Moscow and Mallorca, that speculation has linked him with a move to a more high-profile team.

But the ex-Barcelona and Juventus midfielder is settled at the Liberty Stadium, with the coach keen to develop the team without the immediate pressure of having to deliver or face uncertainty over his future.

"I have ambition but I have never had any special dream to go to a specific team or a top team," Laudrup said in the Express. "I just want people to know that the teams I had were good to watch.

"Let's say that years ago I had set myself the ambition to become the manager of Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester United, Chelsea or Juventus, and that I finally arrived after ten years of trying.

"Let's say I finish second in the League, lose in the semi-finals of the Champions League after penalties and lose 2-1 in the national cup final.

"The club say, 'Sorry, no trophies. Thank you very much, goodbye.' I have done everything for ten years and then after nine months I am out. You can't live like that.

"It gives me much more pleasure to see how well you can do where you don't have to win all the time.

"I've been at the top clubs as a player. Maybe it's for that reason I don't have that dream like a young innocent manager just starting out. If one day I'm there as a manager at a top club, then I'm there; if I'm not, I'm not."

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