Carlos Carvalhal rules out Alfie Mawson departure with ‘clear message’ to interested rivals

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Swansea City boss Carlos Carvalhal has ruled out an Alfie Mawson departure from Swansea City during the January window.

Alfie Mawson’s performances in a Swansea City shirt has attracted interest from around the Premier League, with West Ham United the main interested party.

The Hammers were reportedly considering making an offer of up to £25 million for the centre back, but their interest is now likely to end after today’s message from Carlos Carvalhal.

The Portuguese boss says it will take up to £50 million to change his stand on the defender who is not for sale during this window. He told Sky Sports: “When I signed it was very clear that we would try and bring in players to improve the team, and will not sell the best players in January. So, the message is clear.”

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“If someone comes and gives 100 or 50 millions, of course it is completely different. We never can say that it will not happen but the fundamental idea is not to sell players but to try and improve the team.”

Mawson has been the stand-out defender for Swansea City this season and he will continue to be a vital part of the back-line in their bid for Premier League safety.

Carlos Carvalhal is eager to keep the players he has and he is also looking to add to his squad during this window.

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Speaking earlier today, the 52-year-old continued his fish-related metaphors when quizzed on new signings. He added: “When the boat is on the sea, we never know. It depends if there is a storm, if the fish are sleeping or not, if they want to come to the boat or not.

“I will talk about players that sign for us. If the players don’t sign, they are not our players.”

(Featured image: Sven Mandel)