Swansea City's Jonjo Shelvey celebrates scoring a goal against Aston Villa during their English Premier League soccer match at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea, Wales, April 26, 2014.
Swansea City's Jonjo Shelvey REUTERS/Rebecca Naden

Swansea City manager Gary Monk clarified that he doesn't want midfielder Jonjo Shelvey gone, after criticising the player for not performing to his maximum.

The 22-year-old man has been a vital part of the Swans squad since moving from Liverpool in 2013, and Monk wants to get the best out of him by calling him out publicly.

"It is often the case (to sell) when a manager talks about a player," said Monk.

"But that is absolutely not the case. It was not my intention to give the impression I do not want Jonjo here."

"When I talked about him I was talking about the specific instances where he can do better, in relation to the yellow cards he has picked up."

"When I talked about laziness I meant the situations he gets into to get bookings, not his overall performances."

"Yes, he can do better, but so can all our players. With Jonjo it is a case of me trying to help him, him trying to help himself and pushing on."

However, the 35-year-old mentor is also careful not to put too much pressure on the youngster's shoulders.

"Performance-wise, he's capable of running a game, grabbing it by the scruff of the neck and really dictating it, but what you forget is that he's a really young player," he added.

"He is going to get a lot better and I want that to happen here at Swansea, not anywhere else."

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