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Swansea chairman reveals interesting twist in winger’s future

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Swansea City are facing a summer of uncertainty following the departure of Graham Potter to Premier League side Brighton & Hove Albion earlier this week.

The 44-year-old’s exit means the Swans must now search for their eighth manager since 2014, while a squad overhaul is now on the agenda in South Wales with a number of players having already been released.

The likes of Leroy Fer, Marcus Olsson and Wilfried Bony have all departed the Liberty Stadium following their contract expirations, while veteran winger Wayne Routledge is also without a deal.

Routledge rediscovered his form in the second half of the Championship season to become a key figure in Potter’s plans, with the 34-year-old scoring five goals and registering three assists in his 24 appearances.

But it appeared as though Routledge was set to end his eight-year stint at the Liberty Stadium, with the club still looking to cut costs following its relegation from the Premier League last year.

However, Swansea chairman Trevor Birch has now hinted that the club now could still retain Routledge’s services next season following positive discussions with the winger.

“I met with Wayne Routledge yesterday and had a very good conversation with him about re-signing for the forthcoming season,” Birch told the club website.

“I am extremely hopeful that we can retain him for a further year as a player first as his experience and maturity will be of great benefit in the dressing room with the younger players going forward.”

The Verdict

This is encouraging news for Swansea, as many fans may have already been resigned to losing Routledge’s services this summer.

He has brought much-needed experience to Swansea this season, with his maturity being an essential component of the club’s youthful squad.

This new deal would bring a welcome element of continuity an increasingly uncertain time for the club.

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