Report explains why Mauricio Pochettino wants Gylfi Sigurdsson back

Toby Manning
May 20, 2017

The 27-year-old registered a total of nine goals and 13 assists for the season and knows that every contribution he made on the scoreboard was vital, as Swansea spent most of their time below 17th spot.

The Supporters Player of the Year award was won by Sigurdsson for the second year in a row, which again, highlights how valuable he is to the team and Paul Clement will be aiming to add to his side over summer, with Sigurdsson by his side.

Pochettino is thought to believe Sigurdsson could be a better and cheaper alternative to signing long-term target Ross Barkley from Everton.

And Clement hopes that Swansea's dramatic improvement under him in the second half of the season, when they picked up 26 points from 18 games to stave off the threat of relegation, will show Sigurdsson the Welsh club are heading in the right direction.

Sigurdsson, who signed a new four-year contract last August, was named Swansea's player of the year on Wednesday night - the first player to retain the trophy.

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"He has a lot of ambition and I can understand that. That's what he has got here at Swansea, and I hope he stays here". Ronald Koeman's side had a £25m ($32m) enquiry rejected last summer and the Swans have now slapped a £35m price tag on the former Reading star, but Clement thinks it is in Sigurdsson's best interests that he stays in south Wales.

Everton want to sign Sigurdsson this summer, according to Sky sources, though the player has insisted he is happy at Swansea and will only leave the Liberty Stadium if the club want to sell him.

"I'm not trying to leave, not desperate to go or anything. It's down to them, but I'm very happy here", he said, as reported by the Liverpool Echo. "It's just very calm and I'm not focused or concentrating on what people are writing". It's been easy in the last couple of months because we've been in a very serious position in the league, so it's been easy to concentrate on that.

It's obvious that a player isn't going to come out at an awards ceremony and say that he wants to leave.

'I think it'll continue to be like that because whatever happens, happens'.

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