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Thursday 18 September 2014

Laudrup: My intention is to stay

Michael Laudrup, pictured, has worked with Bayram Tutumlu since his days playing for Barcelona

Michael Laudrup insists he will remain in charge of Swansea despite the club severing ties with his agent.

A dispute between Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins and the Dane's representative, Bayram Tutumlu, has disrupted the club's summer transfer plans and led to fears Laudrup would leave the Liberty Stadium.

Laudrup, 48, has worked with Tutumlu since his days playing for Barcelona, and has made it clear he will continue to work with him, but he sees no reason why the current impasse should lead to him heading out the exit door, and he told the South Wales Evening Post: "I have repeated it so many times in the last three months. My intention is to stay."

He added: "Bayram is my agent and that's not going to change. If the club do not want to work with him, or Bayram does not want to work with them, it's their problem not mine.

"The only thing I care about is to have the best players possible at Swansea who are within range of the economy of the club. I have 100 per cent confidence in Bayram, but if the club don't want to work with him or he doesn't want to work with them, they have to live with that.

"It will not change my relationship with Bayram one centimetre. The only thing I am interested in is having the best players at Swansea within the budget that is possible.

"That's what I have been fighting for every day, last year when I arrived and this year as well. That will always be the most important thing for me wherever I end up in the future."

Press Association Sport understands the initial disagreement with Tutumlu was over the amount of money available for Laudrup to spend on new players as Swansea look to strengthen ahead of their foray into European competition next term.

But the club were also unhappy at the agent's desire to put forward his own list of proposed transfer targets, with the final straw being Tutumlu's involvement in the potential sale of defender Ashley Williams, despite Swansea making it clear they had no intention of selling the Arsenal target.

Tutumlu said: "I don't work for Swansea City. Huw Jenkins has paid me nothing, but I have spent a lot to try to bring players to Swansea. My relationship with Michael Laudrup is excellent, as he has told you himself. Nothing changes between me and Michael. I have known Michael for 25 years."

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