Swansea manager Garry Monk is keen on keeping former Liverpool star Jonjo Shelvey amid interest from Crystal Palace, talkSPORT reports.
Despite slamming the midfielder as lazy prior to the Swans’ 4-1 loss to the Reds, Monk insists that the Englishman is going nowhere.
“It is often the case (to sell) when a manager talks about a player,” Monk said. “But that is absolutely not the case. It was not my intention to give the impression I do not want Jonjo here.
“When I talked about him I was talking about the specific instances where he can do better, in relation to the yellow cards he has picked up.
“When I talked about laziness I meant the situations he gets into to get bookings, not his overall performances.
“Yes, he can do better, but so can all our players. With Jonjo it is a case of me trying to help him, him trying to help himself and pushing on.
“He is going to get a lot better and I want that to happen here at Swansea, not anywhere else.”
Manager Alan Pardew has left Newcastle and is set to make a switch to Palace, and has targeted Shelvey as his first signing of the January window.