Today's media round-up
15th March 2013
Today's media round-up sees Michael Laudrup points out how his new contract can help the Swans' summer transfer plans.
With Arsenal visiting the Liberty tomorrow, the Great Dane also revealed he fully expects Arsene Wenger to lead the Gunners next season as they look to lift a first trophy in nine seasons.
Wales boss Chris Coleman has spoken about Neil Taylor's return from a broken ankle, and has also praised young Ben Davies' rise this season.
And finally, former Swan Lee Trundle believes Angel Rangel's performances this season have warranted a call-up to the Spain squad.
Laudrup hopes his commitment to Swans will help attract players to the club
Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup hopes his new extended contract will help to attract players to the club.
The Dane's new deal runs through to the summer of 2015, and he has made it clear he will be at the Liberty Stadium next season.
The announcement of the new contract was a relief for the South Wales club, who had seen Laudrup linked with jobs at Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester City.
The uncertainty over Laudrup's future also had the potential to affect his chances of bringing in the new faces he wants to help the club compete in the Europa League next season, a reward for their Capital One Cup triumph.
Real Betis midfielder Jose Canas and Celta Vigo striker Iago Aspas are just two players Swansea are looking to bring in this summer, and Laudrup hopes the knowledge he will remain in charge next season gives prospective targets the confidence to commit to a move.
He said: "The contract is for the next two seasons, but the most important thing for me was at least people knew I was going to be here next season.
"I had one year left and everyone would have said I would probably leave in the summer.
"It's important to give out the right signal that I want to stay, so I extended for one year.
"It could be a factor in the transfer market particularly if players come from certain countries, like Spain.
"Now everyone knows what we want to do here for next season."
South Wales Evening Post
Taylor will return stronger after injury, says Coleman
Chris Coleman believes Neil Taylor will come back stronger from the serious ankle injury that has ruined his season.
Taylor returned to action for Swansea City's under-21 side at Queens Park Rangers last night as he stepped up his recovery from an horrific injury.
And Coleman hopes he will soon get the chance to name the former Wrexham man in a Wales squad.
"Neil's done brilliantly because he had a tough injury, it was nasty," said the Wales manager.
"He came to see us when we played Austria, he spent the day with us and he's in great nick.
"He's worked really hard.
"When you've been out with a long-term injury, it's not just the physical side, it's the mental side.
"There's nothing at the end of the week to look forward to.
"When you're Neil Taylor, who's been a huge part of Swansea City's success, to see them do well in the Premier League and winning a cup is tough because he's missed that.
"But he's dealt with it superbly well and he'll be stronger when he gets back."
He added: "Young Ben Davies has come in, so for Swansea and Wales, in terms of full-backs, we're looking good.
"That's good for Neil and good for Ben because they can push each other.
"Neil played at right-back in the Olympic Games and he was outstanding - he can play as either full-back.
South Wales Evening Post
Lee Trundle column: Rangel is good enough for Spain call
These days full-backs have to be almost like wingers. They have to possess pace and dribbling skills, yet also make sure they can defend and are not caught out of position by straying too far forwards.
Angel can do all these things - to top-class standards.
He first played in League One after arriving from the Spanish lower leagues and I think he has improved every year at Swansea.
I'm not surprised that this season has been his best yet because quality players always raise their game when they come up against better opponents.
People have even suggested Angel might be in line for an international call-up.
There isn't a tougher side in the world to break into because Spain have elite players of the very highest calibre in every single position.
They are the world and European champions on merit. For me, no other country comes near them at the moment.
But I reckon Angel is good enough to be included in one of Vicente del Bosque's squads.
I don't think there could be an easier transition to make than from Swansea City to Spain because their styles of play are so similar.
Angel is a technically excellent player who would thrive in such a demanding international environment.
Laudrup expects Wenger to stay on at Arsenal
Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup fully expects Arsene Wenger to be in charge at Arsenal next season.
Arsenal's hopes of winning a trophy this season were ended on Wednesday when they were knocked out of the Champions League by Bayern Munich.
Although the Gunners have not won a trophy since 2005, Laudrup does not believe Wenger will leave the club at the end of the current campaign.
"What Arsene Wenger has achieved at Arsenal is great," Laudrup said.
"If the fans at the club want trophies then of course eight years is a long time.
"But I still think next season we will see Arsene Wenger still on the bench.
"When someone has been there so long, the good times and the bad times, it's because people are pleased with his job."