Vorm commits future to Swans
Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm has signed a new four-year contract until 2016 to end talk of a possible move to Liverpool.
Vorm joined Swansea from Utrecht last summer on the eve of their debut season in the Premier League, and enjoyed a stellar campaign, sweeping the board at the club's player of the year awards.
Speculation had linked the 28-year-old with a move away from the Liberty Stadium as a result, especially in light of the man who signed him, Brendan Rodgers, leaving for Liverpool, but that talk has now been quashed.
"I'm delighted. I'm enjoying my time here very much and it is one of the reasons why I've signed an extension," Vorm told his club's official website.
"I can also only see things at Swansea getting better and better. I can see a lot of positive things happening here and I believe the club has a bright future ahead of it.
"The club has signed a lot of its quality players for longer periods, which is a good thing."
Michael Laudrup is delighted to see Swansea's player of the year commit his future to the club.
He said: "It's very important for the team and the club, trying to get new deals with important players is good news.
"It's a boost for everybody, the fans included. It shows he believes in the project at this club and hopefully other important players will do the same.
"He's a very important player. Goalkeepers are always important and can win you a lot of points in a season, he has already shown that here and hopefully he can continue with that.
"I'm just happy he's continuing with us and when important players renew contract we can avoid rumours about our players going to other clubs. That's important and it gives something to the team."
Defenders Ashley Williams and Neil Taylor, who is out for the season with a broken ankle, are also close to agreeing new long-term deals and Laudrup hopes Vorm's commitment will encourage them to wrap up their own deals.
He said: "Each player is different, we can't go inside the head of players but it does give some security to others if they see Michel is staying they might want to stay too, but each player has their own conditions - but I do hope other players will follow suit. If there are others I'm sure you will know it."
Swansea travel to face Stoke on Saturday fresh from their midweek Capital One Cup win over Crawley, which landed them a last-16 tie against Liverpool at Anfield.
That sets up an intriguing meeting with former manager Brendan Rodgers, who took charge at Anfield in May.
Laudrup understands the fascination with the trip to Merseyside next month, but for now insists all focus is on the league and getting back on track after defeats to Aston Villa and Everton.
"We have four games before that - Stoke, Reading, Wigan and Manchester City - and it's important to take each game as it comes, but it is good to have an important game in the cup against a great team and great club but we do have important games first.
"Of course, the Brendan Rodgers factor gives it something extra because he is against his old club and players here will be against their former manager but it is at the end of October and we are only at the end of September.
"Let's leave that game for now and when we come closer to it we'll go into detail, it's much more important to focus on Stoke."
Laudrup has injury concerns over Jonathan de Guzman, Ashley Williams (both ankle) and Pablo Hernandez (knee) but Chico Flores and Nathan Dyer return from suspension.
And Laudrup believes the club now have their feet firmly on the ground having been brought back down to earth by their defeat against Everton .
He said: "I think everyone got a little carried away with the way we started the season and forgot we are not competing with Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United, we are in another part of the league. What has happened after the last defeat is people have put two feet back on the ground and that's good."