Very rarely does a brilliant footballer develop into a brilliant coach. Michael Laudrup may well prove to be one of the exceptions.
Swansea is dreading the propsect of a top club snapping up the Denmark great, whose seamless adaption to life in the Premier League has enhanced his reputation as one of Europe's brightest young managers.
But for now, the Welsh club is treasuring every moment with the former Real Madrid and Barcelona playmaker who has guided Swansea into Sunday's League Cup final and on the brink of a first major trophy in its history.
Laudrup, recently linked with Madrid and Chelsea, says ''it's not the moment to talk about the future - we're days away from one of the biggest games in the history of this club.''