Today's media round-up
21st May 2013
Today's media round-up includes interviews with Jonathan de Guzman and Leon Britton, along with a review of the season.
Dutch ace de Guzman talks about his future and the possibility of a return to the Swans in the summer while Britton stresses the importance of ensuring Ashley Williams remains at the Liberty.
The Daily Mail have printed their own awards list, and we feature the gongs which feature the Swans.
Jonathan de Guzman heads back to Spain unsure of Swans future
Dutch midfielder Jonathan de Guzman has headed back to Spain still uncertain what the future holds for him.
De Guzman brought the curtain down on his Swansea City career - at least for now - by making his 45th appearance for the club in Sunday's season-closing 3-0 home defeat to Fulham.
The 25-year-old has now returned to his parent club Villarreal, who boosted their promotion hopes by moving into second place in the Spanish Second Division on Sunday night.
Villarreal want to recoup most of the £7m fee they paid Real Mallorca for de Guzman in August 2011, but that could price could drop to around the £4m to £5m mark if a second loan deal is ruled out.
"Right now, as far as I know, I'll be back at Villarreal next season," said de Guzman.
"That may change from now to the day we start back, but right now I'm on my way back to Villarreal.
"I have a three-year contract left with them but we'll see what happens in the summer."
Whatever the future holds for de Guzman, he believes that Swansea have a bright future after adding a ninth-placed Premier League finish to their League Cup triumph.
"With players here now and a couple of reinforcements I think we can do a lot of damage next season, especially with the football we play and if we can get the one or two things the squad needs," he said.
"We proved this year we can play the kind of football good enough to be in the Premier League and it will be a great challenge with the Europa League too.
"That is a great attraction, the players that could come here can play in Europe which is a great platform."
Swansea only managed to win one of their last 10 league games but still held onto ninth spot - two places higher than the finish under Brendan Rodgers the previous season.
"We would definitely have taken that before the start of the season," said de Guzman.
"It's been a great season because everyone expected us to get relegated when they looked at our squad.
"The second time in the Premier League there was a little more expectation that last year and we tried to make the team grow.
"That meant staying in the Premier League and doing that on its own is a great achievement
"To win the Capital One Cup and finish ninth is great, we proved a lot of people wrong and put Swansea on the map."
Britton urges Swans not to sell Williams
Midfielder Leon Britton says it is vital Swansea City captain Ashley Williams stays at the Liberty Stadium.
Williams, who has impressed during Swansea's Premier League campaign, has been linked with a move to Arsenal and Liverpool this summer.
The 28-year-old signed a new three-year contract with the Swans in October.
"It is vitally important that we keep someone like Ashley. He has been fantastic since he joined us and he is the captain now," said Britton.
"He has been absolutely brilliant, and it's no surprise he has been linked with Liverpool and Arsenal.
"It is a testament to the player because he has been outstanding, but hopefully we can keep hold of him.
"We would all love him to stay and we will see what the summer holds but hopefully come the start of August he will still be here."
Williams, who is under contract until 2015, played an influential role as Swansea enjoyed a historic season, finishing ninth in the Premier League and lifting their first major trophy by beating Bradford City 5-0 to win the League Cup.
The Swans' victory at Wembley means they will play in Europe next season.
Britton admits the Swans need to strengthen their squad in the summer as they prepare to play in the Europa League for the first time.
"I think it is important we spread the games around the squad," said the 30-year-old.
"We have seen this season with the likes of Newcastle and Stoke - two teams who have done well in the Europa League - that you can struggle a bit in the league.
"It can take its toll, but I am sure the management and staff have plans in place to bring players in.
"Playing on a Thursday night and Sunday is going to be tough but I am sure the management are ready for that."
Britton, who joined the club in 2002 from West Ham, has spent most of his career with the Swans, apart from a short period at Sheffield United in 2010.
He has played in every division during Swansea's climb to the top flight flight, and is delighted to have been part of a record-breaking season at the Liberty Stadium.
"It's been a good season because we have finished ninth in the league and won our first major trophy," he added.
Top of the class!
The gongs have been handed out, the ups and downs decided. Here, Jamie Redknapp, Martin Keown, Ian Ladyman and Matt Barlow hand out some of their own Premier League awards...
MANAGER OF THE SEASON
MARTIN KEOWN: Swansea's Michael Laudrup. It wasn't easy to follow Brendan Rodgers but he introduced Michu, Jonathan De Guzman and Pablo Hernandez and quickly expanded their football. To top it off, he won a trophy and qualified for Europe.
JAMIE REDKNAPP: There is a good case for Laudrup but it is a shame they have tailed off since winning at Wembley. They've won just twice since. Steve Clarke and Sam Allardyce have had good seasons but the winner has to be Sir Alex Ferguson. To bounce back, win the title and go out on a high is some feat.
MATT BARLOW: Ferguson: Title No 13 won at a canter with a team not considered among his best and then, with an impeccable sense of timing, farewell. Who else?
IAN LADYMAN: Steve Clarke. I tipped West Brom to go down at the start of the season and within weeks they were in the top four. Clarke also showed great maturity in handling the Peter Odemwingie issue.
LADYMAN: Swansea. It's always hard to carry on someone else's good work but that's what Laudrup did in taking over from Rodgers. They won a cup, too. A nod to West Ham, who had a great campaign.
REDKNAPP: Swansea. They were a good side under Rodgers but they've been taken to another level with Laudrup. They offer so much more attacking threat with the likes of Michu.
BARLOW: Swansea. Second season syndrome? Well, there's the club's first major trophy and a return to Europe, delivered with a pleasing style. Shame about the ball-boy.
KEOWN: Everton. It was 11 years of good work coming to the boil. They pushed the top five teams to the wire and played some really good football. They move the ball quickly, pass it well and I've enjoyed the addition of Kevin Mirallas.
REDKNAPP: Michu. I can't think of anyone who has been better value for money. Twenty-one goals for £2m is an outstanding return.
LADYMAN: Shaun Maloney of Wigan. Deserves to be a Premier League player next season. Sadly, it will have to be for someone else.
KEOWN: Bale gets better and better. As a 17-year-old he had the ability to strike a stationary ball brilliantly. Now he does it on the move. Michu deserves a big mention, too.
BARLOW: Rickie Lambert (left): Not only with 15 goals but also his touch, instinct, awareness and attitude in his first year in the top flight.