LONDON: Michael Laudrup insists Michu will stay with Swansea during the January transfer after the Spanish star put his side in sight of a place in the English League Cup final.
The Swansea manager described the player as the ''bargain of the season'' after a 2-0 win away over European champions, Chelsea, in the first leg of their semi-final tie. It was the Welsh club's first victory at Stamford Bridge since 1925.
Michu, signed for £2 million from La Liga side Rayo Vallecano, scored his 16th goal in 25 appearances this season to give Swansea a 39th-minute lead in west London on Wednesday.
His goal tally has made him a coveted target but Laudrup reckons the 26-year-old's recent form had put him out of reach of all but Europe's wealthiest clubs.
''We all know the situation, the economic situation in the world, so there really aren't that many clubs who can buy him,'' the former Denmark great said.
''There are some here in England. In Spain, there are only two. Italy, I don't think so. They're trying to sell. Bayern Munich in Germany … so only a few, few clubs.
''And Michu likes it here. He's happy where he is, so I'm really not afraid because I'm so sure he will stay with us for the next five or six months. I don't know in the [northern] summer.
''I don't know how much he's worth. Ask my chairman. He was the bargain of the season, we know that. But we're happy we've found the right players.''
With reference to Michu's goal tally, Laudrup said: ''What he is doing, in terms of goals, is incredible, particularly when you think he's never been a No.9 [striker]. He's always been a midfielder coming from deeper. But one chance, one goal today. That's incredible. You'd pay a lot of money for that.''
Victory moved Swansea, who face Chelsea in the return leg at their Liberty Stadium home on January 23, closer to a first major cup final appearance.
But Laudrup refused to accept his side were favourites to go through and play fourth-tier Bradford or Premier League rivals Aston Villa at Wembley.
''We have a realistic possibility, but there's still a mountain to climb,'' he said with an unlikely final against Bradford looming after the Bantams' shock 3-1 first-leg win over Villa on Tuesday.
Mistakes from Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic allowed Michu and Danny Graham to clinch victory and inflict a second successive home defeat on Chelsea.
But Chelsea's interim manager, Rafael Benitez, insisted there were plenty of positives to draw from the performance, despite being jeered again by the Blues' supporters.
''I think the team were doing really well, had a lot of chances and could have scored two or three in the first half, but made two mistakes and paid for them. That is the reality,'' he said.