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Manager Paul Clement vows to improve Swans next season

Swansea City 2-1 West Bromwich Albion

By Phil Blanche

Paul Clement insisted Swansea do not have to sell their best players this summer in seeking to build on their excellent second half of the season.

Swansea were bottom of the table with 12 points from 19 games when Clement became the club's third manager of the campaign at the start of January.

Yesterday's closing 2-1 home victory over West Brom gave them 29 points from Clement's 19 games and lifted them to 15th place in the Premier League.

"We want to keep our best players and strengthen, not get weaker," Clement said. "We're not a club that needs to sell."

Asked about the future of Iceland playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson - who has been linked with Everton and Tottenham - Clement said: "It's very clear for us. We don't want to sell him or any of our best players. We want to keep them here, we want to strengthen and I think he, Fernando (Llorente) and the others have enjoyed the second half of the season. "They can see this is a club that shouldn't have been fighting relegation, they should have been doing a lot better."

Swansea's majority shareholders Steve Kaplan and Jason Levien were present as second-half goals from Jordan Ayew, his first, and Llorente secured a 2-1 win after Jonny Evans' headed opener for West Brom.

Clement is due to meet the American owners today to discuss plans for next season.

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