Monk says he can make Bony a better player if he stays at Swansea

Wilfried Bony Ivory Coast

Wilfried Bony has been heavily linked with moves to Liverpool and Tottenham after an impressive first season for Swansea City.

Swansea City manager Garry Monk has urged Wilfried Bony to stay at the club, saying that he can make the Ivory Coast striker 'an even better player' this season after an impressive first campaign in English football.

Bony scored 26 goals in 48 appearances for the Swans in his debut season, which has led to clubs from the top end of the Premier League - notably Liverpool and Tottenham - taking an interest in the player.

But Monk has urged Bony to reject the advances of other Premier League sides, and is quoted saying: "I've said all along how important Wilfried is to us and what a good player he is.

"I can help him become an even better player this season.

"We saw a very good Wilfried last season but with the work ethic he has and what we're trying to do, I think he can be even better next year.

"If he listens to what we're telling him - and he does because he's a great guy and a great person to work with - you'll see a better Bony."

Swansea seem to have their work cut out keeping Bony at the club, with Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins hinting he could be sold for a fairly big price - with many reports indicating a fee of at least £20 million - and that he could be sold to a 'top Champions League club'.

This would seemingly open the door more for Liverpool to purchase the striker should they wish to, given their participation in this season's Champions League - but those words could just be an indication of the kind of club he could go to - not just to a team in the Champions League, but also a team that is competing to get into the competition at least. 

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