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Bony braced for more speculation

January 02, 2015 10:50:55 UK

Star striker Wilfried Bony has said he will not be distracted by speculation about his future and urged Swansea City supporters to stay relaxed.

The 26-year-old, who scored a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw against strugglers QPR on New Year’s Day to take his tally to nine for the season so far, will shortly leave the club to represent Ivory Coast at the Africa Cup of Nations.

The £12million signing from Vitesse scored 17 top-flight goals in his first season for the Swans and reports have suggested a number of Europe’s leading clubs are monitoring his progress.

The former Sparta Prague striker said his immediate focus was on the Equatorial Guinea showpiece tournament and added speculation about his future was out of his control.

“No, I just know that this is football,” he told Swans TV. “If something happens, we can deal with that, but for now I’m just focusing on the Africa Cup of Nations.”

“It’s speculation, there’s nothing concrete,” manager Garry Monk told reporters post-match.

“I think you can see today from when Wilfried came on, he showed his focus for our club and respect to the players and the staff. That was in his performance.

“To say his mind is elsewhere, is clearly not true, he’s actually very focused on doing well for Swansea.”

Wayne Routledge was red carded at Loftus Road for reacting to what Monk called a “leg-breaker” tackle from Karl Henry and the Liberty Stadium boss confirmed his club will appeal.

“It’s a leg breaker,” Monk said.

“We’ll be appealing for sure. My player goes from nearly having his leg broken to getting sent off, I don’t see how that can happen.”

Swansea City are currently priced 1.50 to finish in the top half of the Premier League at the end of the season.

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