Speaking in an exclusive interview with The Front 3 Football Podcast, Swansea City manager Bob Bradley has stressed that he has not talked to his son, Toronto FC and US national team captain Michael Bradley, about potentially joining the Premier League club in January.
With the elder Bradley replacing Francesco Guidolin as Swansea boss in early October, rumours have since been rife that the ex-USA head coach could try to bring Michael to the Liberty Stadium during the winter transfer window on either a short-term loan deal or even a permanent basis.
The 29-year-old former Roma midfielder has already experienced Premier League football after spending the second half of the 2010-11 season on loan at Aston Villa and has been in impressive form for Toronto over recent months amid their run to their first-ever MLS Cup final.
However, while the 126-times capped American does harbour ambitions of playing in Europe again in the future, his father does not see him coming back across the Atlantic as soon as next month.
“It’s not something that in the moment has been discussed at all,” Bradley said in the interview with Scott Nicholls. “Michael spent eight years in Europe. He loves European football, but he’s also a competitor and after the first season at Roma – where he felt that he had played well and been an important part of the team – he was frustrated in the second season when Rudi Garcia became manager.
“They had talented midfielders – (Daniele) De Rossi, (Kevin) Strootman and (Miralem) Pjanic – all talented players. But Michael felt that he was in the same group and it frustrated him that if he had the best week in training or had played well in a match, that didn’t count for more. That isn’t what he wanted.
“He really wanted to find a situation where he was going to be tested as a leader; he was going to be responsible for what that team was all about. Toronto was a big challenge. It’s not been an easy situation at all, but they’ve made progress every year and I know how committed and motivated he is and how exited he is about the opportunity he has. At the moment, I’m excited for him.
“We’ve had moments where our football paths have crossed, but at the same time it doesn’t always work out either, so I would highly doubt that it’s the kind of thing that fits well at the moment.”
Nonetheless, with Swansea currently sitting 19th in the table after 13 games with only nine points and 26 goals conceded, Bradley did acknowledge that he will likely need to bring in some reinforcements over the winter to help boost the club’s survival hopes.
“When you come into a new club, there are people in place that are already far down the road identifying players,” the ex-Stabaek and Le Havre manager added. “And I just make sure that that part becomes another part of the discussion as we move forward.
“We still have a lot of work to do, but I feel so far we’re seeing a lot of things the same way and trying to figure out what we can still do to add some of the right kind of guys and improve our squad.
“As everyone knows, when the first half of the season has been difficult, when you make a few changes the right kind of guys can really pay dividends in the second half when there’s a lot to play for.”
The Front 3 Football Podcast’s full interview with Bradley can be heard on iTunes, here: "EXCLUSIVE: Bob Bradley on Swansea, media pressure and how to avoid relegation"