Michu won’t fly Swans’ nest, vows Michael Laudrup

AFP, LONDON

Fri, Jan 11, 2013 - Page 20

Michael Laudrup has insisted Michu will stay with Swansea during this month’s transfer window after the Spanish striker put his side in sight of a place in the English League Cup final.

Swansea manager Laudrup described the forward as the “bargain of the season” following a 2-0 win away to European champions Chelsea in the first leg of their semi-final tie — the Welsh club’s first victory at Stamford Bridge since 1925.

Michu, signed for £2 million (US$3.21 million) from La Liga side Rayo Vallecano, scored his 16th goal in 25 appearances this season to give Swansea a 39th minute lead on Wednesday.

His goal tally has made Michu a coveted target, but Laudrup reckoned his recent form had put him out of reach of all but Europe’s wealthiest clubs.

“We all know the situation, the economic situation in the world, so there really aren’t that many clubs who can buy him,” Denmark great Laudrup said.

“And Michu likes it here. He’s happy where he is, so I’m really not afraid because I’m so sure he will stay with us for the next five or six months. I don’t know in the summer,” he said.

“I don’t know how much he’s worth. Ask my chairman. He was the bargain of the season, we know that. But we’re happy we’ve found the right players,” Laudrup said.

The Dane refused to accept his side were favorites to go through.

“We’re not there yet,” he said. “We’re still very far. We will need a great, great performance like the one today.

“We have a realistic possibility, but there’s still a mountain to climb,” he said

Mistakes from Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic allowed Michu and Danny Graham to clinch victory and inflict a second successive home defeat on Chelsea.