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Brendan Rodgers praises Swansea City's Scott Sinclair

Match-winner Scott Sinclair insists he is happy at Swansea City

Brendan Rodgers recommends that goal-scoring sensation Scott Sinclair stays with Swansea City for at least two years to "establish" himself.

Rodgers expects Premier League interest in his top-scorer as the 21-year-old's nine goals in 10 games have fired Swansea to fourth in the Championship.

The former Chelsea winger's winner on Saturday sealed Swansea's Reading win and Rodgers expects top-flight suitors.

"There's no doubt there'll be interest but I'm not worried," said Rodgers.

"He know he needs to play. And when him and I spoke in the summer about coming here, I said that was what he needs to do for the next two years to establish himself as a footballer."

The current Swans boss initially signed Sinclair from Bristol Rovers for Chelsea when Rodgers was under Jose Mourinho at the Stamford Bridge youth academy in 2005.

And Rodgers signed Sinclair again - from Premier League champions Chelsea - when he was appointed Swansea manager in the summer for a fee that could rise to a club record £1m.

Brendan Rodgers hails Swansea City goal hero Scott Sinclair's effort

Sinclair, who was farmed out on loan to six different clubs during his time at Chelsea, has lit up the Championship since moving to south Wales as his sheer pace, fantastic ball-carrying ability and prolific goal-scoring run has made him an immediate fans favourite at the Liberty Stadium.

And the 21-year-old has enjoyed his longest run at a club since breaking into football's senior ranks in 2007.

Sinclair's superb run and composed finish to round keeper Adam Federici and slide home the winner against Reading was his seventh goal in five games and summed up his excellent start at Swansea.

The Swans have won every time Sinclair has scored and his continued goal-scoring heroics in the Championship - adding to an already impressive CV of wonder goals - will almost certainly attract top-flight clubs in the January transfer window.

And Rodgers admits: "There is no doubt he is Premier League quality but I've no concerns as he loves it at Swansea.

"He has wonderful pace, he is a great boy and has mixed in well with the squad and his goal - the movement, touch and finish - was what we've seen from him all season.

"He is a player that can make a difference."

Rodgers hopes the former England youth international, who signed a three-year deal at the Liberty Stadium, can become a Premier League player by helping Swansea win top-flight promotion with both manager and player feel a "realistic" aim.


"Any Premier League interest wouldn't bother me one as I'm just happy playing every week," said Sincliar.

"I've not been playing for last two years and been on loan here and there but now I'm playing under a manager that believes in me and lets me express myself.

"It is every boy's dream to play in the Premier League but I'm 21, there's no rush - all I need to do is play every week.

"The way this team plays suits my game as I think we play the best football in the division.

"And when I went to Chelsea from Bristol Rovers, Brendan brought me in and basically told me to go the wing because I was a striker - so he moulded me as a left-winger.

"So I feel a sense of loyalty to Brendan and feel quite close to him and love playing under him. And I feel very settled at Swansea."

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see also
Rodgers enjoyed Reading reception
16 Oct 10 |  Swansea
Reading 0-1 Swansea
16 Oct 10 |  Championship
Swans sign Sinclair from Chelsea
09 Aug 10 |  Swansea
Rovers starlet on Chelsea switch
02 Jun 05 |  Bristol Rovers
BBC Sport Wales coverage
03 Oct 11 |  Wales

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