Most players do not want to come to Swansea, says manager Carlos Carvalhal

Swansea's Carlos Carvalhal was delighted with the effort of his players in their 3-1 win over Arsenal

Carlos Carvalhal says most players do not want to come to Swansea despite his attempts to bring in new players this month.

There have been no new faces through the door since the January window opened with the Swans only pulling themselves out of the bottom three after their stunning win over Arsenal at the Liberty Stadium on Tuesday.

Carvalhal gave a realistic assessment of their transfer dealings after the game, saying players were reluctant to a south Wales move, but it was not because offers had not been made.

“I understand the market is very hard for us and we are doing the best we can to achieve good players,” he said.

“I hope this victory will help with their decisions, because so far most don’t want to come to Swansea. It is the reality. It is not because of good offers, or we are not trying, the chairman and the board are doing their best, but the reality some do not want to come, some clubs are waiting on other players, so we must wait.

Swansea 3-1 Arsenal

“I want players to cover gaps, to do specific things we do not have. It does not mean I think we are weak, it means if we have them we can jump to another level. If we do not achieve this, I trust these players.

“They are going to new levels with confidence high. It is a consequence of the dynamic and the way they are working very hard. We are still waiting and let’s see if something happens.”

Sam Clucas scored twice for Swansea as they saw off Arsenal in the Premier League, and Carvalhal likened their recent good run of form to a stay in hospital.

“I’m very, very happy, of course. More than anything, I am proud of my players because when I arrived, I said to them that they had more value than what they were showing and today we played a very good game,” he added.

“This is the beginning and we have a long run to go before the end of the season and we are still not in a good position but we are better. I said last time that we are not in intensive care, we are in hospital and receiving visits.

“We are close to going out of the hospital, we are not far away from the doctors telling us we can go home and still we can work but we can work at home so we are in the process.

“When I arrived, I said 100 of 100 people asked would think that this team was relegated. In the first game, when we beat Watford, I said maybe two people think that these guys are not dead, they’re breathing.

“After Liverpool, maybe 20 think that these guys are doing something so now in this moment, maybe 30 or 40 out of 100 will consider that maybe we have a chance.”