SWANSEA City manager Roberto Martinez has ruled out a loan move for Wales international Owain Tudur Jones.
The former Bangor City midfielder, frustrated by the lack of first team football at the Liberty Stadium, hinted at the weekend that he would welcome a loan spell in order to boost his hopes of remaining in the thoughts of Wales manager John Toshack.
But the Swansea boss insisted the 24-year-old should focus on his club career rather than worry about his international prospects.
“Owain has been distracted too often by the Wales situation,” Martinez said.
“He has been called up when he wasn’t playing for his club, when he was injured, and that can put some doubts in your head.
“Every time he isn’t playing for Swansea he is getting concerned about his Welsh career and that is wrong.
“Nobody should be thinking that far ahead, you should be concentrating on your daily work.”
Martinez said he understood Tudur Jones’s frustration — but doesn’t want him to depart.
“There’s nothing wrong with Owain expressing his feelings,” said the Spaniard.
“He has had two difficult seasons with injuries and obviously he would love to see himself playing week in, week out.
But sometimes in football it takes time to get to 100% in all areas.
“Physically Owain is 110% now, but sharpness, decision-making and tactical awareness will come with a little bit of time.
“Owain is a great professional — he is always a 10 in training — and he is also a special man,” he added.
“He is a fantastic talent who I see playing a massive role for Swansea City.”
Martinez countered the suggestion that a loan spell would do him good by pointing out that the former Bangor player had started five of Swansea’s last 11 games.
He added: “I want Owain to be happy and I speak with him often enough to know how he feels.
“Everyone wants to play well in every game, but that’s not football.
“If you look back, Owain has been improving every day since we came back for pre-season and that’s what I’m looking at.
“At the moment, sending him out on loan is not something I am considering.”