Michael Laudrup’s star shone brightly as a footballer, playing for the likes of Juventus, Barcelona and Real Madrid; now it is beginning to shine as a manager, too.
Laudrup managed Spanish sides Getafe and Mallorca before taking over from Brendan Rodgers at Swansea City. No one quite knew how Laudrup would take to English management, but he has all but got the Swans safe from relegation, and is about to lead his team out in the Capital One Cup at Wembley.
The final, against League 2 Bradford City, would be Swansea’s first ever major trophy and Swansea will start the game as overwhelming favourites. However, Laudrup’s success has caused a problem for the Welsh side, because Real Madrid is now casting their envious eyes in his direction.
Madrid is more than likely going to dispense with the services of Jose Mourinho at the end of the season, and is already looking for a replacement. AS, the Spanish football paper, has said that 72% of 32,000 Real Madrid fans polled, would like to see Laudrup in charge at the Bernabeu.
The Swansea chairman, Huw Jones, would like to offer Laudrup an extension, but he is not interested in discussing terms at this time.
Laudrup said: “It’s not the moment to talk about the future. We’re three days away from one of the biggest games in the history of this club, so to speak about other things would be a little ruthless.”
It is interesting that Real Madrid is beginning to court Laudrup, as he is the exact opposite of Mourinho: the humble man taking over from the self-proclaimed “Special One;” but that just maybe their point.