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Michael Laudrup officially unveiled as Swansea City manager

Michael Laudrup has been described as 'one of the players of his generation' but all eyes will now be on his managerial skills Credit: Paul White/AP

Former Denmark international Michael Laudrup will be officially unveiled as Swansea City's new manager later today.

The 48-year-old has signed a two-year contract at the Liberty Stadium following the departure of Brendan Rodgers.

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Laudrup favourite for Swans job

Former Real Madrid and Barcelona midfielder Michael Laudrup is now the odds-on favourite to take over at Swansea City.

According to some reports, the Dane has already held talks with the premier league club and could soon be officially unveiled as manager.

The Swans have been searching since Brendan Rodgers took over at Liverpool two weeks ago.

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Year-long agreement prevents Rodgers from poaching Swans talent

New Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will not be able to raid his former club for talent for twelve months Credit: Barrington Coombs/PA Wire

Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins has revealed an agreement is in place to stop Brendan Rodgers signing players from his former club for a year.

Under the conditions of his release, Rodgers will not be able to raid his former club for talent over the next 12 months.

Huw Jenkins said: "We have got some protection on Brendan coming back for our players in the initial period, which I think is the right thing.

"He has got a timescale to assess things there and that is going to take him a while, so I've got no worries there. We have got a 12 month respite."

Brendan Rodgers: 'My time in Wales has been incredible'

Brendan Rodgers has admitted that managing a footballing 'dynasty' like Liverpool was too good an opportunity to turn down.

But as he was officially unveiled as the new Reds boss, he expressed his 'deepest gratitude and thanks' to Swansea, adding that he's been very happy in Wales.

It was a real special two years at Swansea City for me, we created history, we became the first Welsh team into the Barclays Premier League.

It's a sad day to leave Swansea, of course, because I have so many friends there; what we created has been incredible really and I have huge respect for them as a football club.

Thanks to the club and to the nation of Wales, as my time there with the media and the people has been incredible.

– Brendan Rodgers
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