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Neil Taylor interview: I'm part of Swansea's plans

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Neil Taylor has told GiveMeSport he wants his future to be with Swansea City - but admits you can't rule out anything in the transfer window. 

In an exclusive interview, Taylor stressed his desire to stay at the Liberty Stadium next season, but also highlighted how first team football in the Premier League was high on his agenda for next season.

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Future 

The 25-year-old Welsh full-back, who joined Swansea in 2010 from Wrexham, has explained that the thought of leaving South Wales had never come into his mind but how last season was a big turning point in his career. 

However, Swans boss Garry Monk has assured the defender that he is very much part of his plans, despite not playing as much as he would of hoped during Swansea's most recent Premier League campaign.

"I never planned to be anywhere else to be honest. I think last season was a change over season for me. I played a good amount of games in fairness but obviously I wanted to play more and feel that I should play more," Taylor told us

"I think that was the key for me, just knowing whether I'm going to play more or not. I know Garry Monk wants me there and I'm a big part of his plans."

This being said, Taylor has admitted that anything can happen in the transfer market, referring specifically to Swansea's comings and goings taking place this summer.

"In terms of transfer stuff, you can never know in Football what's happening with anybody," he added.

"Anybody can move at any point at a football club, especially at our club at the minute. There's quite a few ins and outs, with contracts nearly up. You have to concentrate on yourself and take it day by day.

"When you're young you can get easily taken away by transfer speculation. As you get a little bit older and wiser in football, you realise that not a lot of the talk is very true, some of it is and if something is to happen, it will happen. You'll soon know about it and it will happen very quickly and that's it."

Ben Davies 

The exclusion of the Wales international from the team, first came about when he suffered a broken ankle against Newcastle United in 2012, which effectively saw the introduction of fellow welshman Ben Davies.

Davies, 21, was one of Swansea's best players last season, grabbing the attention of the big clubs - most noticeably Spurs, who he is currently linked with. 

"I knew that when i was injured anyway, that someone would have to play. I was going to be out for 7 months and someone had to play," he continued

Even though, the question of whether Davies will leave or not remains unanswered, Taylor hints if his teammate was to stay, it would also hinder his decision.

Despite this, it has not affected the relationship between the two. Taylor even spoke of how he has supported his team-mate right from the start. 

He added: "I knew Ben was at the club and I even told him as soon as I got the injured, I said, 'this is your chance now to forward your career for yourself' and that's what he's done.

"You have to back each-other as team-mates and Ben's a good young lad and he'll get better. It's just a bit difficult for the club that we're both the same nationality and the same position at the club so it makes it a bit awkward picking the team.

We both know we can play Premier League level but we happen to be at the same club, in the same position which sometimes can cause a problem. It hasn't just yet but we'll have to see what happens in this window."

Dampened Spirits?

The nine-month absence that the left-back frustrating injury incurred, meant missing out on not only a brilliant season for Swansea but also, the special moment of lifting the League Cup - the only piece of major silverware in the clubs entire history.

When asked about how hard it must of been to watch his team-mates experience a rare, exciting moment without him and if it dampened his spirits, Taylor described how he wasn't downhearted as he was only paying attention to himself. 

"I think that when i got injured I went into my own zone of getting back fit. I wasn't too much involved with the team and what they were doing," said Taylor.

"I was in a single chat mind to be honest and just getting back and being fit and to make sure that when i was back, I was back properly and ready.

"I was very single minded in what I was doing in getting back fit and i've made sure that the ankle was right and I worked really, really hard. Since being back from the day I first started training, i've not missed a day's session for me. To not be hindered by it in any way."

Swansea ambition

Swansea are now the only Welsh representatives in the top flight after Cardiff's relegation and Taylor has categorically acknowledged that building a solid Premier League status is still the priority above all others, as he believes isn't complete yet.

The full-back explains, that the team do want to achieve as much success as possible but that they are not getting carried away with the past three seasons. As well as this, the club are still adamant on entertaining and playing stylish football.

"I think as a squad, we're still consolidating our place in the Premier League. Sometimes, people can get ahead of themselves in the Premier League and they fall really, really short.

"I don't think we do that here, we know how tough the Premier League is. You can start suddenly saying, right we've been here for three, four years now, let's go and finish in Europe.

"That's got to be the aim for us, is to stay in the Premier League but to stay in the league playing the way we play. Entertaining and enjoying football and then you change your goals as the season goes on."

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