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Laudrup laughs off Real Madrid rumours

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup is basking in the January spotlight in Wales and Spain. His team are progressing in both cups, are in a comfortable mid-table position in the Premier League and the manager is on the Real Madrid fans’ wish-list for the candidate to succeed Jose Mourinho at the Bernabeu.

If that came to pass, it would not be the first time that a Swansea manager has gone on to manage Real, John Toshack having taken the same unorthodox route. For now, Laudrup is laughing off the possibility and concentrating on Swansea’s form. "Always when somebody talks about you there can be satisfaction, but you have to remember I played there," Laudrup said, recalling his time at Real. "I still have a lot of friends there."

Brendan Rodgers was supposed to be a hard act to follow when he went to Liverpool and took the club’s most promising player, Joe Allen, with him. Instead, Laudrup has accrued more points than Rodgers had attained at the same point last season, while retaining the fast passing game. Allen has not been missed, mainly because of the brilliant consistency and goalscoring of Michu.

Michu’s form even attracted the Spanish national team manager Vicente Del Bosque to Goodison Park to witness a drab 0-0 draw against Everton. The match wasn’t pretty but it was an indication that Laudrup has improved Swansea’s resilience, already impressive in their 2-0 Capital One Cup win away to Chelsea. Laudrup has been able to adjust his team’s approach according to circumstance.

"If he had called me, I could have told him Everton away wasn't the best game to see Michu," Laudrup said. "But I think he knows already what he can expect from Michu, because in Spain they watch the Premier League just like we watch La Liga over here. We are talking about the best national team in the world right now. If Michu could get into it that would be fantastic."

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