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Michael Laudrup Signs New Swansea Contract Until 2015

08/03/2013 17:02 GMT | Updated 08/03/2013 17:19 GMT

Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup has signed a new contract with the club until 2015.

Laudrup guided the Swans to a first major trophy in their 100-year history with a 5-0 win over Bradford City in last month's League Cup final.

And although a staggering 72% of Real Madrid fans voted him as the coach they would like to succeed José Mourinho, the Dane has pledged his future to the Premier League club.

Laudrup said: “We’ve started something this season that I want to continue.

“I know there has been a lot of speculation (about my future), but I’ve always said that I am happy here and I never had any doubts I would stay.

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Laudrup was keen to commit his future to Swansea

“I am delighted to sign the new deal and I’m already really looking forward to next season. I hope there will be some very exciting things happening with the team and with the club in Europe.’’

Chairman Huw Jenkins added:

“This is a major boost for everyone involved with Swansea City, from the players, staff and Board of Directors through to the most important people of all, our supporters."

“You can never guarantee how things will work out when you employ a new manager, especially after the success we’ve had in recent seasons, but I think everyone has seen for themselves that Michael has helped take this football club to another level.

“He is a pleasure to work with because he shares the same philosophy as everyone at this football club. He has ensured that we have progressed again this season and I am convinced his knowledge, experience and expertise will ensure we keep moving forward for the next few years."

Jenkins has a reputation for appointing young coaches with a positive footballing philosophy.

The loss of Roberto Martinez to Wigan, Paulo Sousa to Leicester City and Brendan Rodgers to Liverpool have earned the Jacks almost £10m in compensation.

Swansea are currently eighth in the Premier League and are thriving in their second successive season back in English football's top tier.

Michael Laudrup

Laudrup, 48, has previously managed at Getafe, Spartak Moscow and Real Mallorca and enjoyed a glittering playing career in Italy, Spain and Holland.

He is the only player to be involved in a 5-0 win for Barcelona against Real Madrid and a 5-0 victory for Real Madrid versus Barcelona. And now the king looks set to become a Jack.