Swansea boss has no problem with Rodgers return talk

Date published: Friday 1st April 2016 9:56

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Brendan Rodgers: Linked with a summer return to Swansea

Swansea head coach Francesco Guidolin is unconcerned about speculation linking former manager Brendan Rodgers with a possible return to the Welsh club.

Guidolin has masterminded a Swans revival and push away from Premier League relegation danger since he arrived at the Liberty Stadium in January.

Some reports, though, have suggested that Rodgers, who left Swansea in 2012, is being lined up for a summer appointment in what would be a return to top flight management following the end of his Liverpool reign last October.

Asked about the Rodgers rumours, Guidolin said: “I do not feel uncomfortable. It is no problem, I am focused on my job.

“If I can work here in the future, I will be very happy. I am proud and happy to be here, but I do not know what the future holds. I can say that the most important thing is Swansea being safe, and afterwards we will see.

“We will have talks in the summer, but my job is to help the team right now. I would like to stay, for sure, but it is not important now. We can speak about it another moment, because this moment is the most important thing, helping this club.

“I like this area. I like Swansea, living in a smaller city by the seaside. I like this lifestyle, and I like the Premier League.

“In the future, it would be easier for me as my grasp of the language is getting better and I like the United Kingdom. There is a different atmosphere between Italy and here, and if it is possible, I prefer to stay here.”

Swansea head to eighth-placed Stoke on Saturday, with Guidolin confirming that striker Andre Ayew will miss the Britannia Stadium encounter due to an ankle injury.

Jefferson Montero and Modou Barrow, meanwhile, are due to train with the Swans on Friday following international involvement with Ecuador and Gambia, respectively.

“He (Ayew) is not fit,” Guidolin added. “He is getting better, but is not ready for Saturday. He could be ready for the game against Chelsea.

“It has not been an easy period with so many players away at many games. It is not easy for a club manager because many players are away in many different places.

“Montero and Barrow, I have not seen them yet. They train tomorrow morning, and then we have a match on Saturday. It is not an easy moment, but it is like this for all clubs.”

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