Swansea boss Garry Monk hoping for resolution to Wilfried Bony talks

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Swansea boss Garry Monk is hoping the situation with striker Wilfried Bony can be resolved “in the best interests of both parties” sooner rather than later.

The Ivory Coast striker has departed for the African Cup of Nation amid rumours of a move to Premier League champions Manchester City.

Monk said he was prepared for a period without his leading scoring during the African Cup of Nations regardless, but he would like to see a clear path forward.

“The situation is that I’d prepared for this period without Wilfried as he was going away anyway,” Monk said after his side drew 1-1 with West Ham.

“Obviously I’m focused on what we’re doing and hopefully the Bony situation will get sorted either way sooner rather than later which is best for both parties.”

Monk admitted there has been little change in Bony’s situation this week.

“It’s still ongoing. I think it’s the same situation it was at the start of the week with the two clubs negotiating and trying to come to an agreement,” he said.

“Until those final details are finalised then the situation will still be ongoing I suppose.”

Bony is Swansea’s leading scorer this season with nine league goals. His replacement in Saturday’s draw with West Ham, Bafetimbi Gomis,
played a crucial role in the Mark Noble own goal that allowed Swansea take a point after Andy Carroll had given this visitors a lead.

League leaders Chelsea visit the Liberty Stadium next weekend, with Swansea 5.32 to defeat Jose Mourinho’s men (1.56).

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