Football - Laudrup: Swansea the place for De Guzman

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.

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The 25-year-old has grown to become a key player for the Swans since joining on a season-long loan, with his range of passing giving them an extra attacking threat. His form has seen him rewarded by Holland coach Louis van Gaal, who handed the Canadian-born playmaker a first cap in the recent friendly against Italy, putting him in the frame for next year's World Cup in Brazil.

But with Villarreal looking to at least recoup the fee of around £7million they paid to sign De Guzman in 2011, Laudrup knows negotiations for a permanent transfer may not be straightforward, and said: "I can't say 100 percent what will happen but I don't think that Jonathan will go back to Villarreal to play."

He added: "They may take him back to use him to get some money, but in that situation it is important what the player wants

"They can try to do a lot of things but the player only wants to play in Swansea.

"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.

"If so we have to start all over again. If he goes back he has two years left on his contract with Villarreal but his desire is to stay here.

"He is very aware of what he has to do, through playing here he has got a debut in the national team and there is a World Cup in 15 months. So if you want to be in a squad for that you need to be playing regularly for a club."

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