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Swansea Coach Michael Laudrup Signs Extension After Cup Victory

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup signed a one-year contract extension after leading the Welsh soccer club to its first major trophy.

The 48-year-old is in his first season at Swansea. He guided the Swans to the first title in their 101-history by winning last month’s League Cup final and has the club currently in eighth place in the Premier League.

“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,” Swansea Chairman Huw Jenkins said in a statement on the club’s website.

Laudrup, a former Denmark international, had been linked with a move to several major teams, including Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester City.

“We’ve started something this season that I want to continue,” Laudrup said. “I know there has been a lot of speculation, but I’ve always said that I am happy here and I never had any doubts I would stay.”

Laudrup signed a two-year contract in June to replace Brendan Rodgers, who took over at Liverpool. He previously coached at Mallorca, Brondby, Getafe and Spartak Moscow and also served as assistant manager of the Denmark national team from 2000 to 2002.

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