Wilfried Bony urged to stay at Swansea

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Swansea City boss Gary Monk has urged striker Wilfried Bony to stay at the club for the up coming season. 

As reported by the Mirror, Monk has insisted that the forward, who scored 25-goals in his debut season for the club, can become even better by staying with the side. 

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Speaking about the forward, Monk told reporters: "I've said all along how important Wilfried is to us and what a good player he is. For me I can help him become an even better player this season.

"We saw a very good Wilfried last season but with the work ethic he has and what we're trying to do I think he can be even better this year.

"If he listens to what we're telling him - and he does, because he's a great guy and a great person to work with - you'll see a better Bony.

The Swans manager also insisted that the club will only sell a player in this window if they receive an offer that's good for them. 

He continued by saying: "I'm not counting down the days to the end of the window or anything like that.

"There's nothing you can do about speculation. Unless there's a concrete offer that we think is good for us and we want to do business, it doesn't matter.

"Even then, we're in control. So all of that doesn't matter, because it's speculation. Wilfried's our player."


Bony, who starred for the Ivory Coast at this summer's World Cup, has a buyout clause of £20 million in his current contract, and has been linked with some of the top Premier League sides in recent time.

The same report has suggested that the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham have been credited with interest in the 25-year-old, whilst German outfit Wolfsburg also appear to be interested in the player's services.

However, with Monk determined to keep him, it could prove difficult for the likes of Liverpool, Arsenal and Co. to secure his signature in this market. Liverpool, of course, are in need of a replacement for Luis Suarez, who signed for Barcelona in a mega money move. 

Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has already added to his front line, having secured the signature of Rickie Lambert from Southampton, but he could splash the cash further in the coming weeks. 

Arsenal, on the other hand, could still do with adding further competition to their front line, despite the arrival of Alexis Sanchez. Tottenham - Arsenal's north London rivals - could also do with improving their front line, with Roberto Soldado, Harry Kane and Emmanuel Adebayor currently fighting it for a place in the first team at White Hart Lane. 

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