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Saturday 16 December 2017

Garry Monk: Ashley Williams is not for sale at any price

Swansea captain Ashley Williams celebrates after the final whistle
Swansea captain Ashley Williams celebrates after the final whistle

Swansea manager Garry Monk insists his skipper Ashley Williams is not for sale.

Williams turns 31 in August and signed a new four-year Swansea deal last summer but television pundit Robbie Savage claimed last weekend that the Wales captain should be playing for a top-six club.

Those comments did not go down well with Monk who says Williams stands for the values at Swansea and is integral to the club's future.

"Ash is massive for us and I think he's been linked every year near enough to moving away," Monk said ahead of Swansea's Barclays Premier League trip to Tottenham tonight.

"It was important that he signed a new long-term contract for the club last summer. He's very settled here and loves the club.

"He stands for a lot of what we are doing and how I want to go forward with the club and the team, so I don't envisage that changing at all."

Monk lost top goalscorer Wilfried Bony to Manchester City in January as Swansea accepted a deal which could rise to £28million for the Ivorian.

But Monk is adamant Swansea are not under any pressure to sell players and his focus this summer is on adding quality to his squad.

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