Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins has explained to the local press how they shelved plans at Christmas to sort out new deals with those players who are out of contract.
We have a number of key first team players who will be free to leave the Liberty Stadium in June, including Andrea Orlandi and Joe Allen.
The fans have expressed that deals should be sorted well in advance for those players who are out of contract, but instead Huw Jenkins and the board will be looking to sort them out at the end of the season.
Jenkins says that they decided not to go into contract talks at Christmas, but the majority, if not all the players concerned decided themselves to wait until the Summer before considering their future. Leon Britton was the highest concern for the fans, who was the first player at the end of last year to decide not to enter new contract talks, and Orlandi and Richards followed the same way.
It’s a big gamble or risk should I say for the Swans, as players like Britton and Richards have been subject to speculation linking them with bigger moves elsewhere, and they could well be tempted by a bigger club and a bigger wage.
‘We made a decision after Christmas that this was the wrong time to be talking about new deals,’
‘We didn’t want to be doing all the toing and froing that is involved, with people getting disappointed that things have not worked out the way they hoped they would.’
‘We have spoken to Leon and his agent and made it clear that until we know where we are at the end of the season, we will not be discussing his situation,’
‘This is Paulo’s first season and he has needed time to work things out and learn about the players,’ Jenkins said. ‘He can really focus on what he requires next season when this one ends.
‘It could be that we are playing in a different division by then, which would obviously be a factor. But there is also the fact that we don’t feel it’s right to be talking about players’ contracts when we have so many important games to focus on.’
Fede Bessone and Albert Serran are also out of contract in June but they could have automatic extensions based on their appearances this season. We also risk losing Jazz Richards, Shaun MacDonald, Marcos Painter, Tom Butler and Cedric Van Gun.
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