Swansea boss to build team around ace despite Everton link

Swansea City boss Garry Monk has insisted the club wants to build a team around Wilfried Bony, after reported interest from Everton in the striker, reports Wales Online.

Bony has been in superb form lately, scoring in the 2-2 draw at Arsenal and providing the second goal for Jonathan De Guzman in the 3-0 win over Norwich with a stunning back heel.

The Ivory Coast international has managed 20 goals in  all competitions during his debut season with the Swans, and has reportedly caught the attention of Everton boss Roberto Martinez, who may be planning for life without Romelu Lukaku next season following his loan spell.

But Monk insists the club have no intention of selling their star man, and instead are focused on building a team around him.

Asked about whether he may be a target for other clubs this summer, Monk said: “Possibly. You can say that about a lot of players in every single team. We want him here, he is an important player for us, and we make sure he knows that.

“I think he is enjoying his time here. We want him as part of our future to build a team around, and that goes for a number of the players that are here.

“Players who score goals, especially strikers, will always attract interest. That is the way it is. We have never been a selling club – we don’t have to sell. We are in a healthy position.”

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