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Rodgers ponders new Swans deal

Swansea City manager Brendan Rodgers is set to open contract talks with chairman Huw Jenkins and claims the Liberty Stadium is the "perfect place" for him.

Rodgers, who inspired Swansea to promotion to the Premier League in his first season as manager, is on a rolling one-year contract but is ready to sign a long-term deal at the Welsh club.

"It's something we have talked about in the background and has been left loose as my concentration was on other things. We spoke about it a few months ago and last week we spoke about it again," Rodgers said.

"I love working here, it's the perfect place for me to be, I can't think of anywhere else in the world that would give me the satisfaction I get from working here.

"It has been a remarkable story and journey for us and there is still a lot of work to complete.

"It has been a good start to that cycle and my job is to sustain that. If the board want to keep me on the contract I am on it does not change my quest to be successful here, but if they want to reward that and protect the club at the same time then I am open to that."

While Rodgers, 38, is a man very much in demand, Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas, who the Northern Irishman worked with during his time as youth and reserve team coach at Stamford Bridge, is a man under pressure.

Tuesday's Champions League defeat at Bayer Leverkusen left the Blues in danger of failing to reach the knockout stages and Villas-Boas has also overseen the club's worst start to a Premier League season in the Roman Abramovich era, but Rodgers says his old colleague just needs to be shown some patience.

"I think Andre needs time," he said. "He has come in on the back of a very good season at Porto and it's a new challenge.

"At the bigger clubs there is always lots of pressure to win games and every team will have their difficult moments. When you play the big games it is highlighted. It is a club in transition and he needs time and I am sure he will get that."


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