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Monk: Swans want to keep Bony

Swansea boss Garry Monk has underlined star striker Wilfried Bony's long-term importance at the Liberty Stadium.

"We want to build a team around him," Monk said, of the Ivory Coast international, who has scored 20 goals in all competitions this season and looks set to play a starring role for his country during the forthcoming World Cup.

It may be that there is interest, but you could say that about players in every team.

Wilf is a Swansea player and we want him here. He is an important player for us, and I think he has got a good relationship with our crowd now.

They have warmed to him, and he is really enjoying his time with us.

We want him as part of our future. We want to build a team around him and players like him, and the good thing is that we are not a selling club.

We want as many of our players to go to the World Cup as possible. I hope Wilf goes out there, does really well and then comes back here full of confidence.

– Swansea head coach Garry Monk

Monk unhappy at dressing room leaks

Monk isn't happy. Credit: PA

Swansea boss Garry Monk has expressed his disappointment that dressing and training ground bust-ups do not remain in-house.

Former Swansea captain Monk was involved in a spat with club colleague Chico Flores earlier this season that led to police attending the Welsh team's training ground.

"The disappointing thing for me is how those things don't stay within the changing room. It worries me more who is leaking those stories out. I would prefer those sort of things staying in the confines of the dressing room.

"I've said all along, these things happen. I have witnessed and been involved in many spats on the training ground. It's because you want to win.

"With me and Chico, it blew over within the hour. In terms of players and managers, the more you can keep it in house, the better it is. Ninety-nine per cent of the time it isn't really what it is made out to be."

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