Britton urges Allen to stay

Liverpool have already failed to lure him away with a £12m bid

Joe Allen: The 22-year-old Swansea man is being chased by a number of clubs after impressing last season

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Leon Britton has urged Joe Allen to turn his back on a money-spinning move to Liverpool and stay with Swansea City.

The midfielder caught the eye of a number of opposition managers as one of the key players in Swansea's outstanding first season in the Premier League.

But it is his boss from last season, Brendan Rodgers, who is leading the race to sign Allen and secure a reunion at Anfield this summer.

And although Britton is desperate for his team-mate to stay he understands why so many clubs are after his signature.

"We would be disappointed if Joe goes - I think that goes for the players, the staff and the fans," Britton told the South Wales Evening Post.

"That's because if he goes, we know we will be losing a really good player.

"Players like Joe are hard to replace - the money they are talking about him going for tells you how good he is.

"But you can't begrudge him the move if it happens. We would have to wish him good luck. We hope he will stay with us, but it would be a great opportunity for him if he ends up going.

"He deserves the opportunity to go to one of the big clubs not just in England but in European football.

"The manager at Liverpool obviously knows him well and it's no surprise that they are interested. It wouldn't surprise me if there are others out there who would like to take him as well.

"He is ready for it now. I am sure he can go on and have a top career in the Premier League for many years.

"Hopefully that's with Swansea, but if it's not then hopefully he goes to one of the big clubs, because that's where he deserves to be."