Thursday 22 March 2018

Neil Taylor urges Swansea to keep hold of Gylfi Sigurdsson

Swansea must keep Gylfi Sigurdsson and not become a selling club, says the defender Neil Taylor.
Swansea must keep Gylfi Sigurdsson and not become a selling club, says the defender Neil Taylor.

Neil Taylor has urged Swansea to keep hold of Gylfi Sigurdsson and not become a selling club.

Iceland international Sigurdsson was Swansea's stand-out player during a difficult Barclays Premier League season.

The 26-year-old playmaker scored 11 goals, nine of them in the second half of the season, and swept the b oard at the club's end-of-year awards.

Champions Leicester have already been linked with a summer move for the former Tottenham man, and Si gurdsson will be in the shop window in the next few weeks playing for Iceland at Euro 2016.

But Wales full-back Taylor said: "We are desperate for Gylfi to stay.

"Once you do well you are going to get linked with the top teams and Leicester happened to win it.

"We want all our best players to stay and add to that.

"We don't want to be a selling club.

"The Premier League means you don't have to do that any more, with the money that has come in.

"That is why we've seen clubs in strong positions, and we have seen the league we have this year.

"Hopefully we can hang on to Gylfi and a few others."

After finishing eighth the previous campaign with a record Premier League points total, S wansea flirted with relegation last season and had three different managers.

Garry Monk was sacked in early December after a rotten run of results, with interim manager Alan Curtis steadying the ship before Francesco Guidolin was the surprise choice to take over.

The Italian veteran won seven and drew four of his 16 games as Swansea eventually finished 12th and Guidolin tu rned his short-term deal into a permanent one.

"I think we heard every other name apart from his (Guidolin) who the new manager would be," said Taylor.

"Then a lot of names were thrown about at the end of the season and reports were saying it was definitely certain people's jobs.

"But he got the job again and it is a credit to him for the work he has done.

"He's done his job and got us the results we needed, and not only that we ended up finishing mid-table and having a half-decent season.

"He is a nice guy and now he'll be able to plan properly.

"He won't just be on a crash course trying to keep us in the league."

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