Michael Laudrup talks Swansea, management and Barcelona on Revista
Michael Laudrup told Revista he has unfinished business at Swansea - and isn't going to Real Madrid.
Last Updated: 29/04/13 2:32pm
Swans chief Michael Laudrup was a darling amongst Real Madrid fans during his two-year stint as a player in the 1990s, and was recently named by the Los Blancos faithful as the man they would most like to take over as manager.
However, in an exclusive interview with Revista de la Liga's Guillem Balague, the Dane, who has previously bossed Getafe and Mallorca in La Liga, revealed he wants to stay at the Liberty Stadium and build on his side's Capital One Cup final triumph in February.
Carry on reading to see what Laudrup's vision for Swansea is, as well as his take on the differences between managing in England and Spain, and why Barcelona struggled whilst head coach Tito Vilanova underwent cancer treatment....
Laudrup on Real Madrid link and plans for Swansea
"I am grateful that [Real Madrid fans] have confidence in me, but I have extended my contract at Swansea as next year we will play in Europe and we will bring in some new players to an already interesting team and become even stronger. I am looking forward to that so why should I leave now?"
Laudrup on the Premier League versus La Liga
"In Spain everyone more or less wants to play in the same way - touch the ball, get in position - but in England you have different kinds of teams; one day you play Stoke who are very direct, while you can then play teams who have good combinations [of play]. I think it is a bigger challenge as you go from one kind of football to another in maybe six or seven, or even three, days."
Laudrup on the English footballing culture
"I believe in treating players like adults - though if some of them behave like children you have to treat them as such! - and I think there is big respect the other way from players to the manager. I also have lots of influence on the players who come in and go out of the club, which I think is normal and part of the English culture, but, unlike some managers, I don't control everything. I don't want to do that as I don't believe in one person doing everything."
Laudrup on how Vilanova's absence hit Barcelona
"To play for almost two months without your manager is not easy. You can say: 'Yeah, but Barcelona know each other, and have played together for four, five, six years and could be controlled by Xavi or Carles Puyol' - but that's not true, so I think it was good for Barcelona that they had a points advantage [over Real Madrid] at the top of La Liga. I think it says a lot about Barcelona that they kept Vilanova while he had serious illness as maybe not every club would do the same."
To hear more from Laudrup, including his thoughts on the Champions League semi-finals, hit the video at the top of the screen.