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Swansea give skipper Williams pre-Euros rest

Ashley Williams will miss the final two games. Credit: PA

Wales captain Ashley Williams will not play for Swansea again this season as head coach Francesco Guidolin feels his skipper deserves a pre-Euro 2016 breather.

Williams has played every minute of Swansea's Premier League campaign and missed only seven games during the Welsh club's five seasons in the top flight.

Guidolin's decision will delight Wales manager Chris Coleman, who has acknowledged the amount of football his skipper has played over the last few seasons.

Ash will not play again this season, he needs a break.

He is tired because he has played a lot of games this season and before.

Ash is the skipper, a good player and leader, and he is very important for me and our team.

But it is better for Ash to rest and be prepared for the Euros and for next season.

– Francesco Guidolin


Swansea boss ready for old friend Ranieri

Guidolin likes his wine. Credit: PA

Claudio Ranieri has been promised a bottle of Italian red wine by Francesco Guidolin - but not before the Swansea head coach attempts to derail Leicester's title crusade.

The pair's friendship goes back four decades with Guidolin and Ranieri having played and managed against each other many times in their native Italy.

This is an Important game for Leicester but it is for us as well. We are in a better position but we need points.

I will give Claudio one of my favourite wines - a Montepulciano d'Abruzzo - but my job is to see my team play well and fight against the first team in the table.

This is a new situation for Claudio and I hope for him that Leicester can win the title because they deserve to.

They have been in first place for many weeks and it is a dream for Leicester, the team and Claudio.

I saw the tears in his eyes after the (Southampton) match and I think emotion is very important every week in this period.

– Francesco Guidolin

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Swansea City in takeover talks with American group

A view of Swansea's stadium before today's win over Chelsea. Credit: PA

Swansea are finalising a deal with an American investment group regarding the purchasing of a controlling stake in the club.

The Premier League club said talks with American businessmen could be wrapped up by the end of the season.

The investment group are being led by Stephen Kaplan and Jason Levien, both of whom have an extensive sporting backgrounds in the United States.

"Swansea City Football Club can confirm it is working to finalise to bring in a new majority shareholder," said a club statement.


Swansea boss wants survival before talks over future

Francesco Guidolin says talks over his Swansea future will be held as soon as the club are safe from the threat of relegation.

Francesco Guidolin is focused on securing Swansea's top flight status. Credit: Guidolin

Swansea would get to the 40-point mark on Saturday by inflicting Chelsea's first Premier League defeat since Guus Hiddink was appointed interim manager in December.

Guidolin has steered Swansea away from the bottom three since being appointed head coach three months ago.

But it remains uncertain whether the Welsh club will take up the option of the veteran Italian staying at the Liberty Stadium next season.

Guidolin said:

I will speak in the next few weeks with my chairman [Huw Jenkins] about my future. This is my agreement. First we must get maybe one, maybe three, maybe four points because 37 points is not enough. I'm only thinking match by match and to get many points to finish the season well. This is my dream.

I hope to show my qualities as a manager, but I have said that my future is the present now and I don't know if I'm still here next year. I would like to show all my qualities, but I don't know [if that will happen

– Swansea manager Francesco Guidolin
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