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De Guzman is Laud-ed!

MICHAEL LAUDRUP believes Jonathan de Guzman can fulfil his World Cup ambitions at Swansea, provided Villarreal do not price the Welsh side out of a permanent move for the midfielder.

The 25-year-old has grown to become a key player for the Swans since joining on a season-long loan. His form has seen him rewarded by Holland, who handed the playmaker a first cap in the recent friendly against Italy, putting him in the frame for next year's World Cup in Brazil.

And Laudrup has made it clear he would like to make De Guzman's stay permanent.

De Guzman's agent is due in south Wales in a couple of weeks as Swansea look to complete a deal. But with Villarreal, who are facing a battle to regain Primera Division status, looking to recoup the fee of around £7m they paid for De Guzman in 2011, Laudrup knows negotiations may not be straightforward. "He is happy here and wants to stay but we cannot say he will be here for certain, as they could put too high a price on him," said the Dane.



De Guzman and Swansea travel to face West Brom tomorrow, lying eighth in the table, and Laudrup has challenged his team to secure an eighth-place finish.

He said: "We are top of the table in the other league in this division, and for teams like us and West Brom to compete and go into the top 10 would be fantastic."