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Scott Sinclair has turned down a new contract at the Liberty Stadium, fuelling rumours of an impending move to Premier League champions Manchester City for the youngster.
Former Chelsea winger Sinclair signed for the Swans two seasons back, scoring 27 goals in his debut season to help the Welsh side earn promotion to the Premier League. His second, while not as fruitful in terms of goals, was impressive as well, as the winger formed an integral part of Brendan Rodgers' side and featured in each of Swansea's 38 league games.
That form has led to speculation regarding a move away from the Liberty Stadium for the 23-year old, who has now confirmed his intention of leaving the club by refusing to discuss a new deal with the Swans.
New Swansea manager Michael Laudrup revealed the same in an interview before his first competitive game in charge of the side this weekend against Queens Park Rangers, insisting that there was a lot of interest for the youngster.
"I have spoken to Scott and he confirmed what he said to the chairman, that he won't sign a new contract," Laudrup said. "I don't know how official it is, but there is interest. Man City is the name that is always coming up, but again I have not spoken to them."
However, Laudrup suggested that he was ready to use Sinclair till any deal was confirmed, with the former England Under-21 international set to start for the Swans in their Premier League opener on Saturday.
It will be interesting to see what trajectory Sinclair's career takes from here on out. While his ability was never in doubt even at Chelsea, Roman Abramovich's riches meant that there was no opportunity for youngsters to come through the ranks at the club, and a move to a smaller club was necessary to give him an opportunity to achieve his potential.
While Sinclair is still far from a finished article, one can't help but wonder if Manchester City would be the right club for him to move to next, given he is likely to face the same obstacles he did at Chelsea, and whether he would end up having the same fate as Adam Johnson, a player in the same position as Sinclair who despite his talent can't get enough games in the season.
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