Laudrup to opt for smaller squad

04 August 2012 08:20:46 EST

Swansea City's new manager Michael Laudrup is ready to trim his squad ahead of the start of the Premier League season.

Although he's allowed to register 25 players under Premier League rules he will instead opt for naming a squad of 23 for the upcoming season.

If you have 25 players, you have to leave out seven every time and that's too many.

Michael Laudrup

He said: "The idea is to work with 22 or maximum 23 players, and there are a lot of reasons for that. First of all, you will then have a squad where everybody feels they are close to the 18-man squad for each game.

"If you have 25 players, you have to leave out seven every time and that's too many. If you are always one of the seven, after three months you will say, 'What am I doing here?'

"That's one part of it, another part is to do with the youngsters. If they see 25 players in the first squad they think it is very difficult to break into it."

Swansea, who are 1212/1 to be relegated next season, open their league campaign against QPR on Saturday 18th August. They are 10/1 to leave Loftus Road with a 1-0 win, while a goalless draw can be backed at 9/1.

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