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Wales youngster Daniel James reveals Swansea contract talks are ongoing

Dan James celebrates after giving Swansea the lead against Brentford in the FA Cup
Image: Daniel James was on the verge of joining Leeds in January

Wales hero Daniel James has vowed to focus on his football and not be distracted as Premier League clubs monitor his contract situation at Swansea.

James scored a superb winner as Wales opened their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign with a 1-0 win over Slovakia in Cardiff on Sunday.

The winger was on the verge of joining Leeds during the final hours of the January transfer window before Swansea pulled the plug on a potential £10m deal.

James is contracted at Swansea until 2020, with talks over a new deal ongoing amid reports that the player's camp are keen to have a buy-out clause inserted.

"That's still underway," James said when asked about Swansea contract talks.

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Highlights from Group E in the European Qualifiers match between Wales and Slovakia.

"It's about concentrating on the football for me. This time last season I wasn't playing first-team football, but it's something that can happen.

"If you get your opportunity you can take it and now it's a case of can I do more?"

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Leeds were expected to come back in for James this summer, but they will almost certainly face competition from top-flight clubs following the 21-year-old's international breakthrough.

CARDIFF, WALES - MARCH 24:  during the 2020 UEFA European Championships group X qualifying match between Wales and Slovakia at Cardiff City Stadium on March 24, 2019 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
Image: James scored the winner on his first competitive start for Wales

Swansea's finances remain precarious following relegation from the Premier League last season and the club announced last week they are seeking redundancies among all staff other than players and manager Graham Potter.

Swansea have seen 16 senior players depart since relegation and only five arrive, but James has remained upbeat since his Leeds move collapsed amid some acrimony between the two clubs.

"I got back to Swansea and the fans have been great with me," he said.

"Nothing has changed for me. It was about keep playing football and enjoying it, and that's what I've been doing."

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