Swansea boss Laudrup says Spanish shopping over

Swansea city boss Michael Laudrup says his shopping in Spain is over.

The Capital One Cup winners have seven Spaniards in their first-team squad with new signings Jose Canas, Jordi Amat, Alejandro Pozuelo joining Michu, Chico Flores, Angel Rangel and Pablo Hernandez.

But Laudrup claims he will not be returning to Spain for any further recruits this summer.

The Swans' boss said: “We have seven Spanish players now and we have more or less reached a limit. They are all very nice guys but this is still a Welsh team – a British team.”

Laudrup this week unveiled Vitesse Arnhem striker Wilfried Bony as the club’s latest signing.

The £12million fee Swansea paid for the Ivory Coast international doubled the club record handed to Valencia for Hernandez.

Laudrup added: “The Premier League and La Liga are the top two leagues but there is an economic difference because of the financial crisis.

“We can have two players at the same level and one will cost £4m and the other £8m – which would you choose?

“The problem is one player is Spanish and the other is British. But you can’t choose the £4m man every time or you will have 11 Spanish players.

“That’s why I am very pleased we have a player like Jonjo Shelvey. He has quality, he’s young but experienced and I hear the value for money is good. When you have the possibility to get a talent like that, it’s good.”

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