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Aug 22, 2013

Laudrup wants shorter transfer window

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup has lent his voice to the growing chorus of criticism against the length of the summer transfer window.

Michael Laudrup has faced questions over his future after an impressive debut season with Swansea
Michael Laudrup believes the transfer window should be closed before the start of the season.

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Laudrup joined Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho and Newcastle’s Alan Pardew in declaring their disapproval of the window’s closing date of September 2.

Pardew believes the window should be shut before the start of the Premier League while Mourinho said it went “too far” into the new campaign.

But despite admitting the closing date was just a part of life in football, Laudrup was confused as to why any manager would want an open transfer window as they begin the new season.

 “It's part of the game and as long as the rules are like that we get on with it,” he said.

“I went to the Premier League managers' meeting last week and one of the questions asked was why we could not move the transfer deadline, what is the reason to have it close after we have started the season here and in Spain and Germany?

“The answer was that in the other big leagues there was not a lot of interest in moving it.

“I cannot understand why not, because every manager should be interested in having the deadline closed when they play the first game.”

Speculation has been increasing that Arsenal will make a late play for Swansea pair Michu and Ashley Williams, and despite refusing to let the pair leave the club, Laudrup said the loss of either player would be a hammer blow so late in the window.

“It would do huge damage if we lose players of the quality of Michu and Ashley because we have to find replacements at the same level and we cannot do that too late,” Laudrup said.

“Because if I sell someone and try to buy someone else the next day, the price of your replacement goes higher, it's inevitable.

“But it's very close to this club's deadline as far as selling anybody goes.”

Swansea turn their attention to the Europa League on Thursday with a play-off tie against Romania’s Petrolul Ploiesti, but after a 4-1 mauling at the hands of Manchester United on the opening day of the Premier League, Laudrup is hoping for a clean sheet and first-leg victory.

“It's a new game and a different competition, we just have to leave the Premier League to one side for this game,” he said.

“We have to approach it as just the first half of the game, it means getting a good result which would be a win and, even better, a clean sheet.

“After conceding four goals against United it is even more important to get a clean sheet.

“Winning 1-0 would be a good result, with 2-0 I would be even happier.

“This will be a tough game. We have watched their games against Vitesse Arnhem and they have some good players so we have to be careful.

“They are not used to going into the group stages in Europe, but neither are Swansea so we are the same.”

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