Garry Monk remaining calm over comments made by Swansea striker Gomis

Bafetimbi Gomis

Swansea manager Garry Monk has spoken to Bafetimbi Gomis over his comments about possibly leaving the club – but admits he understands the French striker's frustration over his lack of action.

Gomis raised fresh doubts over his future when he gave an interview to French television station Canal Plus last weekend, the 12-times capped France international saying he might leave Swansea in January because the Barclays Premier League club reneged on promises made to him about the game-time he would receive.

The 29-year-old has started only six league games since his summer switch from Lyon but he now appears to have a clear run at leading the Swansea attack following the sale of top goalscorer Wilfried Bony to Manchester City.

Bony's departure makes Gomis' comments appear strange but, with several clubs both at home and abroad reported to be monitoring the striker's situation, Monk insists the episode simply shows the way football works in the modern age.

"I'm confident Bafe will stay here," Monk said at his press conference ahead of Saturday's FA Cup fourth-round tie at Blackburn.

"I've seen his comments and I've spoken to Bafe but it's nothing new, it's the way it is in football now.

"Go back a few years and you wouldn't see these sort of comments. But the conversation with me and Bafe stays between me and Bafe. That's the respect I have and how I do it.

"I understand from a player's perspective as well how he's been frustrated. He's not a young player who's up and coming, he has pedigree as he's a top performer who's performed his whole career."

Monk insists Gomis remains committed to Swansea and he does not see a discontented individual on the training ground.

"He has been frustrated at the start of the season but I don't see an unhappy player," Monk said.

"He's on the training ground with a smile on his face. He is very professional, gets on with his job and works hard.

"He's a pleasure to be with around the group as well and a pleasure to work with every single day.

"It's an important period for us as a club and him as a player as we're all trying to progress.

"The shirt is his to lose and it's proved in the past that strikers who have come in and done well for Swansea obviously create a lot of interest in themselves and go on to bigger and better things."

Monk said he was delighted Swansea are set to secure the signature of Tottenham defender Kyle Naughton, with the 26-year-old defender ready to complete a move for a reported fee of £5million.

The full-back, who made 74 appearances for Spurs after joining from Sheffield United in 2009, trained with the Swansea squad on Thursday morning as the final paperwork on the deal was completed.

"Kyle's experienced at this level and brings Premier League pedigree," Monk said.

"He's a good age for us and we look for players who want to prove a point and are hungry to do well.

"These players don't always become available but it's testament to the club and how far we've come and what we're trying to do.

"Kyle enjoyed his time at Tottenham but he didn't have the amount of games he wanted. But he will add quality with the other full-backs we've got and I'm looking for Kyle to push on and stake a claim for the starting XI."

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  1. Smokey Bacon January 22, 2015

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