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Swansea facing one of biggest seasons in club’s history next year, says Garry Monk


Swansea manager Garry Monk insists he wants to add quality players and not sell them this summer ahead of a season which he has described as "probably one of the biggest in the club's history."

Monk had to contend with transfer speculation surrounding two of his players during the international break as Poland goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski was linked to Roma while Wales defender Neil Taylor is reportedly interesting West Brom.

But Monk says his only focus is on squad strengthening this summer with the new £5.1billion three-year Premier League TV rights deal from the 2016-17 season upping the ante as far as the next campaign is concerned.

"I want to build on what we have, add quality and not take it away," Monk said ahead of Hull's Barclays Premier League visit on Saturday.

"I want to finish the season as strong as possible and put that way of working into them because it's probably one of the biggest in the club's history if you look at the rewards for next season.

"The new TV rights and the money the club can gain is massive, that's why next season is so important and we don't lose any quality in the summer."

Fabianski has been among those who have impressed at the Liberty Stadium this term as Swansea have climbed into the top eight of the Premier League.

The former Arsenal goalkeeper has kept 11 clean sheets in the league, two behind Southampton's Fraser Forster in the race for the 'Golden Glove', and apparently alerted the interest of Italian giants Roma.

"Players will always be linked away with other clubs, but that's credit to Fab because his performances have been exceptional," Monk said.

"Whether there's anything concrete in those rumors, I don't know.

"But I know Fab is very focused on Swansea – I saw he said that himself – and I'm not looking to push any players out.

"It's the same with Neil who is in negotiations with the club (over a new contract) at the moment.

"I leave that side of it to the club and his representatives and I've told him his focus should just be on the football.

"I've seen that because in recent months his performance levels have gone up and there's good confidence in his game."

However, one player Monk might have to do without for the rest of the season is on-loan midfielder Tom Carroll who was injured while on England Under-21 duty in the Czech Republic last week.

Monk hopes Carroll could play some part in the closing weeks of the campaign but he says any possible discussions over the 22-year-old making a permanent switch from Tottenham will be left until the end of the season.

"I'm disappointed for Tom," Monk said. "He's gone away on international duty, played well, scored the goal and got injured while doing so.

"He has had a problem for a few weeks – around his ankle and at the top of his foot – but he's played and managed it.

"We have to assess whether it's long-term, four to 12 weeks or whether it's a couple of weeks, but we are looking for him to get back involved before the end of the season.

"It's been difficult for Tom because some of the midfielders he's been competing against. He's young and wants to be playing 30 to 40 games a season but when he has played he has really contributed well.

"We'll sit down with Tom and discuss his situation at the end of the season but we haven't had that discussion with him or Tottenham yet."


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