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Michael Laudrup appointed new manager of Swansea City

Michael Laudrup was one of the most talented footballers of his generation Photo: Paul White/AP

Former Denmark international Michael Laudrup has been appointed the new manager of Swansea City.

The former Brondby, Getafe, Spartak Moscow and Real Mallorca boss has penned a two-year-deal with the premier league club.

He replaces Brendan Rodgers, who left to join Liverpool at the end of last month.

It’s a fitting birthday present for Laudrup, who turns 48 today.

Swansea City are pleased to confirm the appointment of Michael Laudrup as the club's new manager. Contracts were completed at noon today on a two-year deal.

– Swansea City statement

Laudrup has been described as one of the players of his generation, winning five Spanish league titles with Barcelona and Real Madrid in the early 1990s, but has yet to replicate that success as a manager.

However, Laudrup's former team-mate Jan Molby believes this is his opportunity to make an impact as a top-flight manager.

If you look at Laudrup's CV, he did very well with Brondby with a young group of players, got them playing the right way. Then you look at his next three jobs: Getafe, I thought he did well but fell out with the owner, had a great run in the Europa League, almost knocked out the mighty Bayern Munich. Moscow, I think he just landed in a country where it was impossible with language difficulties, they just didn't allow him to do what he wants to. And from the moment he set foot in Mallorca they were just beset with financial problems that he never quite got over. This is the opportunity now, he has to make a mark as a manager.

– Jan Molby, former team-mate of Michael Laudrup

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