Even though reports have strongly linked Scott Sinclair with a move to the Etihad Stadium over recent days, Michael Laudrup says the speculation will not stop him from selecting the former Chelsea forward.
It was revealed last week that Sinclair’s time at Swansea will be coming to a close, with the 23-year-old telling Swans chiefs that he had no intention of signing a new deal at the Liberty Stadium after catching the attention of several of the top flight’s elite.
Following on from that update, reports quickly began to suffice that City had registered an interest, with the speculation then growing to suggest that Roberto Mancini had tabled a £5m offer for the player. It is still unclear whether or not that bid has matched Swansea’s valuation although with Sinclair having just twelve months remaining on his current deal, the Swans are unlikely to want much more.
However, even though a deal does seem close, Michael Laudrup says that Sinclair will remain in his plans until he completes a transfer. That means that he will be in Swansea’s squad to face West Ham in this weekend, with the Dane saying, “He wasn’t in the starting line-up last week but that was nothing to do with the interest from Man City, it was because Wayne Routledge and Nathan Dyer have been from the start of pre-season know exactly what want them to do with or without the ball. But I looked at him in training and had no problem putting him in the 18-man squad and he did well by coming on with a goal. It would be the same this weekend. I know he is 100% committed while he is here and that’s important for me as a manager.”
Such an approach is a complete contrast to what is happening at Fulham, with Martin Jol unable to select Clint Dempsey as speculation rumbles on about his future.