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I'm staying at Swansea, says Michu

May 14, 2013
By ESPN staff

Michu has dismissed suggestions that he could leave Swansea in the summer, saying he is happy to stay at the Liberty Stadium.

Michu celebrates after scoring for Swansea against Norwich
GettyImagesMichu has enjoyed a stunning debut season

The Swans’ top scorer, who joined from Real Vallecano for £2.2 million in the summer, has been linked with a host of clubs in both the Premier League and Europe after a sensational debut season.

He has hit 22 goals to help Swansea to the Capital One Cup – they will play in the Europa League next season – and a top-half league position, and said he had never expected the campaign to go so well.

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Now both the player and his manager, Michael Laudrup, have responded to speculation about his future by insisting he will be going nowhere.

"I've seen articles on the internet, but I'm very happy here," Michu told the South Wales Evening Post. "I only think about playing next Sunday [at home to Fulham on the final day of the league season].

“I'm happy on the pitch and in this team. Swansea fans do not need to worry.

"I am very happy at the club, and I want to say thank you to everyone at the club because we have all enjoyed this season."

The striker said he was relishing the chance to play in European competition next season, adding: "We start on August 1, but it's good for us because we will play a lot of official games before the league season starts.

“It will be the first time in Europe for me.”

Meanwhile, midfielder Mark Gower is leaving the club after five years, with his contract – which had been due to end in a month – being terminated early.

Gower, 34, who has been on loan at Charlton since March, played only three first-team games this season despite having been a regular in the last campaign.

"I'm sad to be leaving, but it is in the best interests of both myself and the club," he said.

"What we have achieved at Swansea has been incredible and beyond our wildest dreams."