Today's media round-up
30th April 2013
Today's media round-up involves young Swans left-back Ben Davies and manager Michael Laudrup.
Davies has answered questions about his omission from the PFA nominations for Young Player of the Year and the return of Neil Taylor from injury.
Laudrup, meanwhile, has been asked about this summer's transfer targets.
Swans starlet Davies unfazed by PFA snub and focused on Premier League push
Swansea City's Ben Davies admits he's not bothered by his PFA snub because he's only interested in impressing manager Michael Laudrup.
Davies - who turned 20 last week - has enjoyed a stellar campaign in his first season in senior football, making over 40 appearances in becoming a regular for club and country.
The Wales left-back has been a model of consistency and at Stamford Bridge on Sunday again showed his ability to perform on the big stage.
But it was still not enough to make him a candidate for the PFA young player award with eventual winner Gareth Bale, Danny Welbeck, Christian Benteke, Jack Wilshere, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku on the six-strong nominees' list.
"I wasn't disappointed not to be on the list because I didn't expect anything," said Davies who would surely have made the list were he playing for a more fashionable club.
"If I was on the short-list it would have been a huge bonus.
"I just want to keep impressing the manager and keep working hard at my job.
"I'll take wherever comes with that if it happens."
South Wales Evening Post
Davies welcomes Taylor return as battle to be Swans' first-choice left-back hots up
Ben Davies has welcomed Neil Taylor's return from injury, insisting he will relish the battle to be Swansea City's first-choice left-back.
Taylor came off the bench in Sunday's 2-0 defeat at Chelsea to make his first appearance since breaking and dislocating his ankle against Sunderland back in September.
During Taylor's long lay-off, 20-year-old academy product Davies has enjoyed a remarkable rise, making 41 appearances for the Swans in his debut season and winning four caps with Wales.
Davies's rapid progress and Taylor's return to fitness now pose Swansea manager Michael Laudrup with a real conundrum, as he tries to choose between two Welsh internationals at left-back.
It is a measure of Davies's growing stature in the game that Taylor faces an uphill task in regaining his place in the Swans side, and the Neath-born youngster is looking forward to their duel.
"It's great to have Neil back in the squad," said Davies.
"It's good for me too. It means we have competition now and we'll both be fighting for the shirt."
Laudrup fuels speculation for Real Betis midfielder swoop
Swansea boss Michael Laudrup has remained coy over reports linking him with Real Betis midfielder Jose Canas.
Reports have suggested that the Welsh side are close to bringing the 25-year-old to the Liberty Stadium on a free transfer at the end of the season.
Canas has been one of the star performers for Real Betis this season and looks set to leave in the next few weeks.
Laudrup said: "There are so many rumours and there will be more in the coming weeks and months. Many players will be linked with us, we have to accept that.
"But we still have four games to play, then there will be a couple of months where we can think about who is coming in and who is leaving."