Swansea can reach Champions League - Jonjo Shelvey

Midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has credited manager Garry Monk with Swansea's resurgence
Midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has credited manager Garry Monk with Swansea's resurgence

Jonjo Shelvey is confident that Swansea City can qualify for the Champions League this season.

Swansea were fourth in the Premier League entering the international break, after a start to the season that saw them draw at champions Chelsea and beat big-spending Manchester United.

Midfielder Shelvey believes the Welsh club can continue that good form.

"There's no reason why this club can't play Champions League football," said the 23-year-old ex-Liverpool player.

"With the manager we've got [Garry Monk] and the work he makes us do during the week, I think this club is set up to play in Europe.

"If we keep winning our home games and keep pushing on, and keep flying I think we've got a great chance.

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"You've seen what we went and did to Chelsea - I know they were unfortunate with the red card [goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois] - but I felt that even when they had 11 men we gave a great account of ourselves, and we [also] did that... against a top-rate Man Utd side."

Shelvey won his third cap for England in their Euro 2016 qualifying victory over Switzerland on Tuesday night, becoming the first player to win senior England honours while playing for Swansea.

Swansea played in the Europa League during the 2013-14 season, having won the Capital One Cup in the previous campaign to qualify.

The Swans reached the last 32 of the second-tier European club competition, where they were knocked out by Italian side Napoli over two legs.

Monk's side narrowly missed out on Europa League qualification through the Premier League last season as Swansea finished eighth in the table.

Swansea return to league action on Saturday with a trip to newly promoted Watford.

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