Swansea aim to keep De Guzman

  • Last Updated: January 22 2013, 8:58 GMT

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup wants Jonathan de Guzman to stay at the club but admits a deal could be tricky.

Jonathan de Guzman: Swansea want permanent deal
Jonathan de Guzman: Swansea want permanent deal

De Guzman has expressed a clear desire to stay at the Liberty Stadium beyond the end of his season-long loan from Villarreal.

And while the Swans boss is keen to keep the Dutch midfielder, he claims much will depend upon the demands of the Spanish second-tier side.

"He is a player I'd like to stay and I hope we can work out a deal with Villarreal," said Laudrup, quoted in the Daily Mirror.

"Jonathan is very happy here but it depends a lot on what Villarreal want. We are going to try what we can and we will see if it is enough.

"We won't buy him in January. He is on loan until the end of the season, and then we'll see."

Meanwhile, Ashley Williams has revealed Swansea players have been trying to persuade Danny Graham to stay at the club.

The Swans striker has been linked with both Sunderland and Norwich in the current transfer window, and the club's fans made a public appeal to the player during his second-half cameo appearance in the 3-1 victory over Stoke at the weekend.

"We've just been saying to him that we want him to stay, saying 'don't go', said Williams. "We all want him to stay. He is a top player and has done well here.

"We definitely don't want to see him leave and I think if you asked any player here they would say the same thing. We want him here.

"He is going to make the decision on whether he stays or goes. He has to make the right decision for himself and his family and his situation.

"Obviously, we are telling him we want him to stay, but it is his decision whether he stays or goes and we will back him whatever he chooses."


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