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Jan 27, 2014

Laudrup dismisses Swansea unrest

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup has moved to dismiss speculation there is some discontent in his Swansea camp as they struggle to steer clear of the relegation positions at the wrong end of the Premier League table.

Michael Laudrup's Swansea have won one of their last nine Premier League matches.
Michael Laudrup has dismissed speculation that there is unrest in the Swansea camp.

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Swansea sit in 15th spot in the Premier League, just three points adrift of the relegation zone and will face drop-zone contenders in the next four games.

And the building pressure of a relegation scrap has led to rumours of disharmony in the dressing room.

But Laudrup quashed any suggestion that his squad were falling apart ahead of the campaign to save their season.

“There is absolutely no problem with the harmony of the team,” he insisted ahead of Tuesday night’s crucial home match against relegation rivals Fulham.

“This is what happens in football. There are so many cases and things always pop up when you are struggling.

“I don’t want to use others as examples, but I remember last year there was so much talking about all the French players at Newcastle. This year they’re exactly the same players, but I haven’t read anything.

“All that has changed is they are playing good and they are winning, which is what football is about.

“On another level, look at all the stories that are coming out about Manchester United right now. Last year, I didn’t hear them. Last year it was Manchester City and again, this year I don’t hear anything.”

Meanwhile, the Danish tactician would not reveal his transfer targets as speculation increases that Blackpool’s Tom Ince would move to the Liberty Stadium.

“I won’t comment on rumours and names,” he stated. “I could do it every day, but the most important players are the ones here, even more so with the games coming up.

“If someone comes in he will be to help the squad. We will not sign Juan Mata, a player come in and light up the whole thing. So if someone comes in it will to be a part of things here and not a star.”

Earlier, Blackpool released a statement confirming they were willing to allow the son of their former manager Paul Ince -- who was sacked by the Tangerines a few days ago -- to leave in this transfer window.

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