Football: Trundle Worth a Bundle - and We're Not Selling; Flynn Says Hands off Swans' Cup Hero Lee

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Football: Trundle Worth a Bundle - and We're Not Selling; Flynn Says Hands off Swans' Cup Hero Lee


Byline: Ian Hunt

BRIAN FLYNN sent a message to any top-flight clubs who might attempt to prise Swansea star man Lee Trundle away from the Vetch in the wake of another majestic two-goal performance.

'The phone is off the hook during the transfer window,' insisted the Swans boss. 'Letting Lee go is not something we're contemplating.'

Not for all Roman Abramovich's billions would Swansea cash in on Trundle right now, tempting though it would be to speculate what price tag would be attached to a player who doesn't seem to know the meaning of the phrase goal- drought.

Priceless is probably the only valuation Swansea fans would place on the sensational Scouse striker, after his 17th and 18th goals of the season fired the club into the fourth round of the FA Cup for the first time in five years.

The second came from a sublime free-kick David Beckham would be proud to call his own.

And it's little wonder that a week which began with talk about Richard Duffy's possible transfer to Portsmouth ended with Flynn fielding questions on whether he could resist potential overtures for his top scorer.

'Lee is bound to have attracted the attention of other clubs and I've got no problem with that,' said Flynn.

'And if any managers or chairmen were to ring me about him, then so be it.

'But my response is that Lee loves it down here and we have no intention of selling him.'

Added Flynn, 'Lee thrives on games. He's refreshing because he didn't come into the pro game until 24 or 25 and in many ways he's catching up on those lost years.

'I understand that one day he will want to test himself at a higher level. That's what every player wants. You can't take that ambition from someone.

'If players don't progress, they end up in a comfort zone and no one wants to be in that situation.

'But that's for the future. Lee is a Swansea player at the moment and we're delighted to have him.'

Sentiments that 8,000-plus Swans fans - treated to yet another virtuoso Trundle display on Saturday - will be quick to endorse.

The former Wrexham frontman was an irresistible force, dissecting the Macclesfield defence with shot after shot as he took his FA Cup haul for the season to five.

But Trundle's influence reaches much further than just scoring goals.

Somehow his presence manages to galvanise the whole team - and you'd have to delve quite a way back into the Vetch Field history books to find a player who had such an immense impact on the side as a whole.

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