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Swansea manager Garry Monk is adamant he has no plans to sell England midfielder Jonjo Shelvey in January.

Swansea manager Garry Monk is adamant he has no plans to sell England midfielder Jonjo Shelvey in January.

Monk criticised Shelvey ahead of the English Premier League game at Liverpool when he told the 22-year-old to "wise up" and said he would not tolerate his "laziness" any more.

Shelvey was selected against his former club on Monday, but had an unhappy night in Swansea's 4-1 defeat as he failed to track Adam Lallana for Liverpool's third goal and then headed into his own net to cap a miserable night for Monk's men. There was further bad news to come on Tuesday evening as he was charged with violent conduct by the English Football Association.

Shelvey clashed with Emre Can when he appeared to fling back an arm into the face of the German. The incident was not seen by the match officials. If found guilty, Shelvey, who was sent off at Everton at the start of November, could face a four-match ban, starting at QPR on New Year's Day.

Monk, though, insists that Shelvey, who joined Swansea in a £5million deal in the summer of 2013, is going nowhere in next month's transfer window and has a key role to play at the Liberty Stadium.

"It is often the case (to sell) when a manager talks about a player," Monk said. "But that is absolutely not the case. It was not my intention to give the impression I do not want Jonjo here. When I talked about him I was talking about the specific instances where he can do better, in relation to the yellow cards he has picked up.

"When I talked about laziness I meant the situations he gets into to get bookings, not his overall performances. With Jonjo it is a case of me trying to help him, him trying to help himself and pushing on. He is going to get a lot better and I want that to happen here at Swansea, not anywhere else."

Shelvey has picked up seven bookings and a red card this season and Monk feels his disciplinary problems have been down to a lack of focus and application. He was also seen smiling and laughing with Lallana ahead of the corner from which he headed into his own goal as a further loss of focus.

"I have not seen the footage and I was not aware of that," Monk said. "But you need to be focused in those situations, especially a dangerous situation like a set-piece."


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