Today's media round up
13th February 2013
Even though the transfer window is closed and there's months until it re-opens, contract talks and new signings are still making the headlines. Wales Online reports on Michael Laudrup's possible contract extension after quotes from his agent. The South Wales Evening Post have spoken to Swans Chairman Huw Jenkins regarding the clubs summer transfer activity and finally Sky Sports gets Angel Rangel's reaction to Chico's injury that could see him miss out on the Capital One Cup final at Wembley.
Swansea City confident over Michael Laudrup deal talks
Swansea City are confident of sealing a new deal for Michael Laudrup as the Dane's agent confirmed talks over extending his Liberty contract.
The Swans' hierarchy are due to finalise details for an extension to Laudrup's terms that would see him committed to the club until 2015.
And it is thought there is a strong belief from inside the Liberty that Laudrup will sign up to further allay fears he would be tempted away from South Wales.
Swansea officials have been keen on getting a further year's commitment from Laudrup over the past few weeks and now his agent, Bayram Tutumlu, has admitted final talks are set.
"Yes, Swansea has a strong interest in extending Michael Laudrup's contract," Tutumlu has said.
"And, in the coming days, we will meet with Swansea and discuss the possibility of an extension."
South Wales Evening Post:
Swansea City chairman optimistic new signings are on the way
Huw Jenkins has revealed that "one or two" transfer window near-misses will finally join Swansea City in the summer.
And the Swansea chief has insisted Michael Laudrup is quite happy with his options for the rest of the season despite the failure to replace Danny Graham before the recent transfer deadline.
"Michael and I looked weeks ago at what we felt we needed to do in January and one of the things he wanted sooner rather than later was to sign Roland Lamah," Jenkins said.
"We got that done as early as we could, and there were one or two other things which we worked on behind the scenes.
"Ideally we might have got the players in during January, but in a couple of cases the players who we felt were right for us wanted to stay with their current clubs until the summer."
Angel Rangel admits injured Chico will be a big loss for Swansea
Angel Rangel admits the loss of Chico to an untimely injury will be felt by Swansea as they enter a crucial period.
Chico, who has shone for the Swans since joining from Genoa last summer, ruptured ankle ligaments against Queens Park Rangers on Saturday and had to be stretchered from the field.
It is unclear how long he will be sidelined for, but he is expected to sit out at least the Premier League clash with Liverpool on Sunday and the Capital One Cup final against Bradford on 24 February.
"We spoke to him at half-time and he didn't look very happy," Rangel told the South Wales Evening Post on his fellow Spaniard.
"He's been a very important player for us. He's been a rock at the back with Ashley Williams and he will be a big miss.
"We know we have other players who can fill in and do well. But I am very sad for him because he's had an amazing season. Hopefully this won't be too serious."