Today's media round-up
19th March 2013
Despite the international break, the media are focusing on how the Swans will approach the remaining eight games of the season in today's round-up.
Michael Laudrup has spoken about his selection policy for the remainder of the campaign while the Great Dane feels the period will be an education for the club.
The Swans' success has caught the eye of Sir Alex Ferguson, with the Manchester United boss labelling them the team of the season.
Meanwhile, on the transfer front, there are stories regarding Ashley Williams and Getafe midfielder Medhi Lacen.
Laudrup will not experiment in final weeks as Swans aim for 50 points
Swansea manager Michael Laudrup has admitted his mind is 'more or less' made up on the players he will retain for next season.
In comments that could worry fringe members of his squad, Laudrup suggested it was highly unlikely that he will be using the final eight games of Swansea's season as an audition for those who had not yet proved themselves.
Instead the Dane insisted he would be picking sides best equipped to hit his revised target of 50 points to round off a remarkable season in which Swansea consolidated their place in the Premier League and won the Capital One Cup.
He said: 'When we played these 15 games in December and January we rotated and used a great part of the squad.
'I want to win. I try to pick an 11 and the substitutes to win each game. I could try two or three other players for the rest of the season, but I know more or less who I want.
'It is not the case that I haven't seen players. If I didn't have clearness about my players by now, it would be a problem for me.'
Laudrup prepares Swans for an 'education'
Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup believes the closing weeks of the season will be an "education" for the club.
The Swans have enjoyed an incredible campaign, qualifying for Europe by winning the Capital One Cup and reaching 40 points with ten games of the Premier League season to go.
But Swansea have stalled in the last fortnight - losing to West Brom and Arsenal - to raise fears that their season might end with a whimper rather than a bang.
"This last part of the season has to be seen as an education for the club, for the team and individuals to keep going on," said Laudrup. "We have to be fair to the team.
"We have seen moments in this campaign that the team is mature.
"I still remember after winning 2-0 at Stamford Bridge (in the semi-final of the Capital One Cup) we went to Goodison Park and drew 0-0.
"It was a very difficult game - look what happened to Man City on Saturday - and one I thought we could lose without doubt.
"But we had a great performance , one of the best of our season because of the circumstances.
"After the second semi-final leg we went away to Sunderland and drew, but we dominated the game and that again told me the team is already quite mature.
"We have to carry on and I am still convinced we will win games so we can more or less arrive at 50 points.
"That would be fair to ourselves and the campaign we have had, and I will keep trying to pick an XI to win games."
Ferguson hails Swans as Premier League team of the year
Sir Alex Ferguson has heaped praise on Swansea City with the Manchester United manager hailing Michael Laudrup's men as his team of the year.
United boss Ferguson has admitted he has been hugely impressed with the Swans' progress in their second season in the Premier League, as well as the goalscoring exploits of Spanish star Michu.
Ferguson has dubbed the 19-goal frontman as the bargain of the season, but gave credit in general to Laudrup's side for kicking-on in style with safety already assured and a first major English prize in the trophy cabinet after last month's Capital One Cup triumph.
Speaking to Inside United, Ferguson said: "Swansea have been terrific.
"The boy Michu has been a revelation. To sign him for just £2million and get 20 goals out of him - what a bargain!
"I wouldn't say Swansea have been the surprise package but they've really lifted their performances. They were a newly-promoted side last year and managed to survive in the top flight. This season, they've kicked on to another level and become a good middle-to-top side.
"They also won the League Cup of course and they play really good football. I'd say they're the team of the year with Michu a real bargain buy."
South Wales Evening Post
Medhi Lacen unaware of Swans interest
Getafe midfielder Medhi Lacen knows nothing of reported interest from Swansea City - but admits he would be keen on a move to the Premier League.
The 28-year-old Algerian international has been touted as a potential summer target for Swansea boss Michael Laudrup, though it is unclear whether there is any truth in the reports.
And Lacen, who has spent the last eight seasons in Spain, has made it clear he would be interested in a move to these shores.
"I have a contract here until 2015, so let's wait until the end of the season to see what will happen," he said.
"I know Michael Laudrup, he was an excellent player, a top midfield player in the World Cup, a typical No.10, and he is also a great coach.
"I know nothing of Swansea's interest in me, but I will look into it seriously if there is an interest in England.
"I love the English league and would love to play there one day."
Rodgers to target Swansea's Williams as Carragher replacement
Liverpool FC will target Swansea City skipper Ashley Williams this summer as boss Brendan Rodgers looks to find a replacement for Jamie Carragher.
Securing the services of a dominant centre-back is the club's overriding priority in the next transfer window and Williams tops their shortlist.
The Reds are also monitoring a number of alternative options but Feyenoord defender Stefan De Vrij is no longer on their radar.