• Former Real Madrid player tops Bernabéu fans' wish list
• 'My intention is to stay here next year,' Dane insists
Michael Laudrup has said he is flattered to be linked with a return to Real Madrid but intends to honour his Swansea City contract and remain with the League Cup winners next season.
The Swansea manager refused to discuss his future following the 5-0 victory over Bradford City on Sunday, insisting the focus should remain on the club winning its first major trophy in its centenary season. Laudrup signed a two-year contract when he succeeded Brendan Rodgers at The Liberty Stadium last summer and the club's chairman, Huw Jenkins, is keen to secure the 48-year-old on a new two-year deal amid reported interest from Real and several high-profile clubs.
Laudrup topped a poll of Real Madrid supporters' preferred choice to replace José Mourinho should he leave the Bernabéu as expected this summer. But the Swansea manager responded: "I've said I'd like to stay here but even if you have a 10-year deal, there will always be rumours. My intention is to stay here next year, that's the only thing I can say really."
A poll of 40,000 Real supporters conducted by the Spanish newspaper AS resulted in Laudrup receiving 78% of the vote to succeed Mourinho, leaving rival candidates Rafael Benítez and Carlo Ancelotti in his wake. The Dane spent two seasons as a player with Real, winning the league in 1995, and has previously coached in Spain with Getafe and Real Mallorca.
Though he gave no encouragement over a contract extension at Swansea, the League Cup winning manager insisted he will be at the Liberty Stadium next season. Laudrup added: "I am proud of that [poll] because there were 40,000 voters and it's 78% in front of two huge names like Rafael Benítez and Carlo Ancelotti, who have won league titles in Italy and Spain and the Champions League. So I'm very grateful."But I can't really say anything more. There will always be rumours but this time it's positive rumours about one club or another club. I can only sustain what I've said before – my intention is to stay here, I have one more year on my contract. And that's it."
Laudrup is not the only coveted employee at Swansea, with central defender Ashley Williams wanted by Liverpool and Michu the focus of speculation following a stunning debut season in the Premier League . However, the 19-goal Spanish forward, who signed a new four-year contract with Swansea in January, wants to remain in a Laudrup team in the Europa League next season. "I have gone up to Michael [at Wembley on Sunday] and said 'stay with us now we are in Europe'," revealed Michu. "The gaffer here has done great in his first season. I know other people will want him.
"He is really good, doing really well and maybe he can go with another club, but I hope he will stay here. We are growing up really fast and it is always difficult for a club of our size to win a trophy. But I think now we are going to play in Europe we can bring in some very good players and can be a stronger team next season."