Ling keen on Robins role
Tue, 16 Jul 2013 12:11:00
Branislav Ivanovic says he holds no grudge against Luis Suarez and regards the Liverpool man as one of the best strikers in the Premier League, after Chelsea were linked with a move for the Uruguayan.
Suarez, banned for 10 matches after biting Chelsea defender Ivanovic during a Premier League clash in April, has expressed a desire to leave Anfield this summer.
He has previously laughed off talk of a switch to Chelsea but Stamford Bridge continues to be mentioned as a possible destination and Ivanovic has indicated that he would be happy to play alongside Suarez.
"About Luis Suarez, I said straight after the game, whatever happened on the field finished there," Ivanovic said in Bangkok on Tuesday.
"He's one of the best strikers in the Premier League. I don't have any problem with him."
Ivanovic has been linked himself with a move, with big-spending Ligue 1 clubs Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco reportedly courting the Serbia defender's signature.
The 29-year-old downplayed the prospect of a transfer ahead of Jose Mourinho's first match of his second spell in charge, the Bangkok clash with Singha All-Stars which comes a week into pre-season preparations.
"The first thing, we are a little bit too far from reality," Ivanovic said.
"We are not so focused on that kind of thing.
"For us, the most important thing is to pass this base, which is very important for every single player for the beginning of the season.
"My situation, I've always said I'm happy to be here.
"I will do everything and will work hard to do everything for the club. Nothing will change until the last day I'm here."
The 47-year-old former Robins defender has been on the look out for a new job after departing Torquay and having played almost 200 times for the Robins between 1986 and 1996 he believes he knows what it takes to replace Kevin MacDonald who left the club by mutual consent on Saturday.
"I'm an out-of-work manager that's obviously got Swindon connections from a long time ago, so there would be an interest on my part if they were interested in Martin Ling," he told the Swindon Advertiser.
"There's no one there who's connected with me in any way, shape or form - I just feel that my CV as a football manager would be a perfect fit for a club like Swindon.
"I will declare an interest in the role but I'll be one of an awful lot of people. With the way the situation has come about it wouldn't surprise me if the role was already gone, but I'm not sure how true that is."