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Francesco Guidolin signs new Swansea City contract

Swansea boss Francesco Guidolin. Credit: PA

Francesco Guidolin is to remain as Swansea boss after agreeing a new two-year contract with the Premier League club.

Swansea confirmed that Guidolin's deal was ratified at a board meeting on Wednesday.

The 60-year-old Italian took over from a sacked Garry Monk in January on a short-term contract until the end of this season, and has since guided Swansea to Premier League safety by winning seven and drawing three of his 15 games in charge.


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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.

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