Defender tells Swansea star to reject Leicester City

Swansea City defender Neil Taylor has admitted that he and the Welsh club are desperate for key playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson to reject reported interest from Leicester City.

The Iceland international has been at his best while in the white of the Swans, with a move to Tottenham not working out as the Scandinavian was not afforded regular first-team football.

Leicester put in an amazing effort to find themselves crowned English champions in 2015-16, winning the title in a fairytale campaign.

The Foxes are int he recruitment market to bolster their contingent before playing Champions League football next season and have reportedly identified Sigurdsson as a potential new face.

Taylor has stated that the former Hoffenheim star is a critical player for Francesco Guidolin’s men and urged his team-mate to spurn interest from other Premier League teams.

“We are desperate for him to stay. We are desperate for all our best players to stay and add to that, that’s what we want to do,” The Mirror quote him as saying.

“We don’t want to be a selling club. The Premier League means you don’t have to any more with the money that has come in.

“But once you do well you are going to get linked with the top teams and Leicester happened to win it, so that’s just the way it goes.

“Hopefully we can hang onto him and a few other players – Andre Ayew is another one, there are a few.”

Sigurdsson’s creativity and guile is an essential part of Swansea’s play, especially since the January departure of Jonjo Shelvey.