Today's media round-up
14th August 2013
Today's press have included interviews with Swans chairman Huw Jenkins and Angel Rangel.
The chairman has spoken about manager Michael Laudrup while Rangel focuses on the Spanish contingent at the club - which has risen to seven following three new arrivals this summer.
South Wales Evening Post
Huw Jenkins: Laudrup could be in for long haul at Swansea
HUW Jenkins hopes Michael Laudrup will be in for the long haul at the Liberty after Swansea City came through a rocky summer with their manager still on board.
Jenkins believes Swansea have shown how strong they now are after emerging unscathed from a turbulent close season.
And despite the turmoil of May and June, he reckons Swansea are in better shape than many of their rivals after a summer of discontent in the Premier League.
Laudrup's future was shrouded in doubt for a spell amid suggestions that he was unhappy with Swansea's transfer plans.
The Dane had offers from a host of other clubs, while Swansea severed ties with his long-time right-hand man, Bayram Tutumlu. Laudrup remains on board despite the unrest, although the noises emanating from his camp are that he will be Swansea boss for only one more year.
However, Laudrup is contracted to Swansea until 2015 - and Jenkins believes there is a chance he could stick around.
"I hope this won't be Michael's last season with us," said the Swansea chairman. "The last thing we wanted after last season was a change in manager, and nothing is going to change on that front.
"I hope we have a fantastic season, that we do really well in the Premier League and the cups and that Michael feels there is still growth in our club and that he can stay here for a few years yet.
"That's clear in my mind and I hope it is the case.
"The summers never seem to change for us. May and most of June are usually hectic for one reason or another. We never seem to have an easy ride, and it's not a good time to go on holiday!
"A lot of top-half sides are seemingly going to try to make signings right up until the end of the window as well, which I find a very strange way to run a club, but that's what they seem to do.
"Taking all that into account, we are quite well prepared, and it will be interesting to see how we measure up in the first month."
Rangel happy to be senior Swans citizen as he predicts bright future for new recruits
Angel Rangel says he's happy to play the role of senior Señor at Swansea City - and backed the latest Iberian influx to be a Premier League hit at the Liberty Stadium.
And the 30-year-old has tipped the exciting Alejandro Pozuelo to offer something very different as the club counts down the days before the big kick-off against Manchester United on Saturday.
A recent survey of Premier League nationalities by website sportingintelligence.com showed Swansea's Spanish contingent to be bigger than any other club.
Swansea's seven Spaniards making up almost a quarter of the 32 in the top flight, itself the second-most represented nation in the biggest league in the world behind England.
Indeed, with the summer additions of Jose Canas, Jordi Amat and Pozuelo, Swansea now boast more Spaniards than La Liga side Malaga.
Yet it is par for the course for a club who have embraced a sense of the continental since Roberto Martinez's time in charge - himself the first Spaniard to play for Swansea.
And one of the biggest hits of the 14 to have become Spanish Swans, the long-serving Rangel is ready to do what he can to make sure this latest La Liga lot are a success as he takes on a father-figure role.
Fully ingratiated into British football and now an honorary Welshman having married a girl from Mountain Ash, Rangel - said now with more than 250 Swansea appearances to his name since joining from Terrassa for £15,000 in 2007 - said: "I'm happy to be like that.
"It's probably been like it for a couple of years but it's important because once they can settle off the pitch they can enjoy themselves on the pitch.
"You could see it with Chico last year and I'm sure it will be the same for the new lads.
"It is very different to the Spanish league here, but all three have the components to settle quickly and so far it's looking good.
"They are young but they have played a lot in La Liga.
"And although age can be a factor they are intelligent enough to know learning the English language is the main thing.
"Once they can communicate better things will be easier.
"But they are all good professionals and hopefully will play a big part this season."