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Laudrup's delight at Swans deal

NEW Swansea boss Michael Laudrup has admitted he did not want to regret "in 15 years' time" never having been a Premier League manager.

The Dane succeeds Brendan Rodgers, charged with maintaining and improving the club's top-flight fortunes following a sparkling debut season last term.

Rodgers, now in charge at Liverpool, inspired the Swans to an 11th-placed finish and won rave reviews for a stylish, creative approach that his players readily absorbed.

Laudrup, capped 104 times by Denmark and among the finest footballers of his generation at clubs like Juventus, Barcelona and Real Madrid, is seen by many as a perfect fit for Swansea post-Rodgers.

"As a youngster, when I was living in Denmark we used to watch English football on television," Laudrup said.

"I always thought there was something special about the atmosphere in English football.

"This is a great opportunity for me. It's a big challenge, but I did not want to be sitting on the couch at home in 15 years' time saying to myself, 'Why didn't I do it?'"