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10/10/2013 04:46 BST | Updated 10/10/2013 04:50 BST

Michael Laudrup Says Chelsea Wanted Him Over José Mourinho

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PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC - AUGUST 30: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho gestures on the touchline during the UEFA Super Cup match between Chelsea and Bayern Muenchen at Eden Stadium on August 30, 2013 in Prague, Czech Republic. (Photo by Chris Brunskill Ltd/Getty Images)

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup claims Chelsea enquired about his availability prior to their appointment of José Mourinho.

The Dane was linked with a number of high-profile jobs after guiding the Swans to Capital One Cup glory and a ninth-placed finish in the Barclays Premier League.

A falling out between Swansea and Laudrup's agent Bayram Tutumlu over proposed transfer targets only added to the speculation, but the former Getafe and Real Mallorca boss ended up staying in south Wales.

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Laudrup and Mourinho are yet to cross paths in English football

But, quoted in A Bola, Laudrup claimed there was interest from Stamford Bridge before Mourinho signed on for a second spell.

"Someone tried to know my availability through intermediaries, but there was nothing concrete," he said. "Also, I had given my word that I would be in Swansea."

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich's first choice to succeed Roberto di Matteo last year was Pep Guardiola, who declined the Russian's offer in the midst of his year-long sabbatical in New York.

The former Barcelona coach then agreed to take over at Bayern Munich two months later.