Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Swansea want £30m-plus for Michu after Spain call-up

Michu received his first ever call-up to the Spain squad to replace the injured David Villa
Michu's call-up for Spain means his potential suitors will have to cough up more than £30 million, according to Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins.

Following an injury to David Villa, the 27-year-old has been selected in Spain's squad for the very first time ahead of the World Cup qualifiers with Belarus and Georgia.

Michael Laudrup insisted Michu was already worth £30 million last December after the forward's incredible start to life in the Premier League following his bargain £2.2 million move from Rayo Vallecano.

Michu would go on to score 22 goals in all competitions and has already netted five times this term. And now Jenkins insists the price will be even higher should anyone want to prise him away from the Liberty Stadium.

"We've seen with Tottenham and Gareth Bale that every player has a price," Jenkins told the Daily Mail. "We are not in that bracket with Tottenham but they sold a top player. We are realistic about that side of things.

"I would say Michael was about right with his valuation of Michu if you look at the current market, but this call up enhances that further.

"We know we have a very talented player and naturally we want to keep him."
Michu is tied to Swansea until 2016 having signed an extension to his contract in January, though he could depart this summer if Laudrup leaves the club.

However Jenkins says he has "never had a single phone call to express interest" in Michu, despite Liverpool and Arsenal reportedly monitoring his progress.

Michu, meanwhile, has admitted it is a "dream" to be included in Vicente Del Bosque's squad after discovering his selection while travelling on the team bus back from Swansea's 2-0 defeat at Southampton on Sunday.

"Every Spanish footballer dreams of this and it's so difficult," said Michu. "Few people can wear the shirt of the best team in the world.

"Let's see if fortune is with me and I can play, although I'm already grateful to be called up. It's the maximum to which a footballer can aspire. The national team is the best in the world, it's a privilege. I'm enjoying it like a kid."

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