Jonjo Shelvey: Swansea City midfielder to stay, says Garry Monk

Swansea City's Jonjo Shelvey passes the ball under pressure from Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho
Swansea City's Jonjo Shelvey passes the ball under pressure from Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho

Swansea boss Garry Monk says he has no plans to sell Jonjo Shelvey in January.

Monk criticised Shelvey, 22, before Monday's 4-1 Premier League defeat to Liverpool, warning him he would not tolerate his "laziness" any more.

The midfielder also faces a four-game ban after being charged with violent conduct by the Football Association for clashing with Emre Can at Anfield.

"It was not my intention to give the impression I do not want Jonjo here," said Monk.

"It is often the case to sell when a manager talks about a player, but that is absolutely not the case," he added.

"When I talked about him I was talking about the specific instances where he can do better, in relation to the yellow cards he has picked up.

"When I talked about laziness I meant the situations he gets into to get bookings, not his overall performances.

"Yes, he can do better, but so can all our players. With Jonjo it is a case of me trying to help him, him trying to help himself and pushing on.

"He is going to get a lot better and I want that to happen here at Swansea, not anywhere else."

Jonjo Shelvey and Garry Monk
Shelvey leaves the field after being sent off against Everton in November, as Garry Monk watches on

Shelvey, who signed from Liverpool for £5m in 2013, was substituted after an hour of the 1-0 win over Aston Villa on Boxing Day following his seventh yellow card of the season.

He was booked five times in the Premier League by the end of October and was sent off at Everton in November after being shown two more yellow cards.

Monk told Shelvey, who has been capped once by England, to "wise up" prior to the loss at Anfield.

Shelvey scored an own goal in that defeat, though Monk was pleased with his overall display.

"I was disappointed with that goal as it was avoidable but I thought Jonjo's performance was good," said Monk.

"I thought he put himself about, had good energy and he was possibly our best passer on the day. He was probably our most threatening midfielder on the ball but I know he can be even better.

"Performance wise he's capable of running a game, grabbing it by the scruff of the neck and really dictating it, but what you forget is that he's a really young player."

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