Keeping Laudrup could be Huw Jenkins' biggest challenge

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Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins has revealed he expects Michael Laudrup to stay at the club beyond this season.

Huw Jenkins has had quite an adventure at Swansea City since he took over as chairman of the club in 2002.

He has been at the side through thick and thin and has been presented with challenges that have threatened the club’s very existence.

He now faces another massive challenge in keeping Michael Laudrup at the club, one of the most popular and successful bosses the club has had in recent memory.

Laudrup guided Swansea to their first major honour in over 100 years as they secured the League Cup title last weekend, which has triggered a debate over the Dane’s future at the club.

Several media sources from Spain are suggesting that Real Madrid want Laudrup to replace Jose Mourinho, but Jenkins says he is expecting a little bit of loyalty from his club’s head coach.

“Personally I have no issue about the thought of him (Laudrup) not being here next season, I think he will be here and he's stated he would honour his contract - Michael touched upon it himself that if he had a 10-year contract it makes no difference (speculation wise),” Jenkins told the Telegraph website.

He faces one of his biggest challenges because any team that needs a boss this summer is bound to make enquiries to the Dane over whether he would be interested in leaving.

Considering the magnitude of some of the candidates, it is worrying for Swansea that Laudrup could leave at such an important time in the club and the team’s development.

Swansea are about to embark on their first serious assault on European football, which has been guaranteed via their League Cup success and a change of manager could see them falling out of the Europa League very early on.

The thing which overrides all of the speculation and the thing which means Swansea fans should feel safe, is the fact that Jenkins has always done the right thing for the club.

At every single stage since he’s been in charge, he’s made the right decision, brought in the right people and sanctioned the right deals which will continue to take the club forward.

Do you see Laudrup walking away this summer?

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