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Swans stars not for sale - Monk

Published 22/05/2015

Lukasz Fabianski has had a terrific first season at Swansea after leaving Arsenal on a free transfer
Lukasz Fabianski has had a terrific first season at Swansea after leaving Arsenal on a free transfer

Garry Monk is adamant there will be no summer sale at Swansea following the club's best Barclays Premier League finish.

TV pundit Martin Keown claimed last weekend that "noises within the game" suggest Swansea will lose several of their top players this summer to bigger and wealthier clubs.

But Swansea manager Monk took a swipe at Keown and stressed the focus is on keeping their quality players at the club, with the benefits of the £5.14billion television deal set to kick in ahead of the 2016-17 season.

"I don't know who he has been speaking to," Monk said about Keown's comments before Swansea's final Barclays Premier League game at Crystal Palace on Sunday.

"It sounds like a made-up, throwaway comment.

"Our players have been fantastic and I'm sure everyone is interested in good players, but the challenge there is the players are not going to leave for anything less in terms of the quality where we are at right now in the league.

"The only ones who could be a step forward are the so-called super-powers in this league, or in other leagues, and if they are going to come in for our players it would take astronomical fees to get them. That's their choice.

"The only thing I can affect and what matters to me is the conversations I've had with the players and they are really looking forward to progressing with this club.

"That's why I feel no worry about it. I've spoken to the chairman and he is well aware we need to keep all the quality players that we have.

"None of our players are for sale in terms of the quality that we have."

Monk's focus is on strengthening a squad which has taken to Swansea to their best Premier League finish of eighth with a record points total.

Another left-back, possibly two forwards and a wide player are top of Monk's summer shopping list, with the Swansea boss confirming interest in Holland Under-21 striker Luc Castaignos, who is currently at Dutch club FC Twente.

"There will be certain movements with fringe players, but it's important we strengthen the squad because then we could be really strong," he said.

"You've seen from this season that once we get a few too many injuries it starts to get thin on the ground and then you're relying on young players to play 15, 20, 30 games.

"I'm not saying they can't do it, but it's not something you want to rely on. You want to be able to progress them properly.

"If we can add quality to the group it will be a good team and a good squad to be involved with the way we play football and, hopefully, we can take it to the next level."

Monk hopes to do his transfer business early this summer, but accepts that it does not always work out like that.

"The perfect scenario for me is to have all the players back and new ones in before the start of pre-season and the chairman knows that," Monk said.

"Deals can be done, but agents and selling clubs can slow things down because they're trying to bring in other options.

"But I'd like the squad settled for the start of pre-season."

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