Derek McInnes's search for a defender has to go on as Garry Monk stays put
SWANSEA skipper Garry Monk insists he has no intention of dropping down to the npower Championship with Bristol City.
Experienced Swans centre-back Monk has been at the centre of speculation linking him with a possible move to Ashton Gate this summer.
Robins boss Derek McInnes is pursuing alternative targets after losing out to Derby County in the race for Coventry stalwart Richard Keogh and Monk and Cardiff's Anthony Gerrard feature on his wanted list.
But Monk, who fell behind Steve Caulker and Ashley Williams in the Liberty Stadium pecking order last season, wants to stay with the Premier League club and fight for his place under new manager Michael Laudrup.
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"I haven't heard anything (from Bristol) and no-one has said anything to me about it," said Monk.
"I know it's been going around but it's not my decision. I've made it quite clear that this is the club I want to be at.
"Obviously games and playing time dictates that sort of decision, but it won't come from me, it's up to the manager whether he wants me to be here or not. I guess we'll have to wait and see. I haven't spoken to him at all so I don't know what his thoughts are on the situation."
Caulker impressed during his season-long loan spell at Swansea but has since returned to Spurs and signed a new four-year deal.
Swans boss Laudrup has replaced him with Spanish defender Chico, signed from Genoa for £2 million, leaving Williams, Monk, Tate and the Spaniard battling for the two spots in central defence.
Meanwhile, the prospects of Kalifa Cisse returning to Ashton Gate appear to be receding after the Mali international impressed in a pre-season friendly for Bolton against Hamilton Academicals at the weekend.
Out of contract at City at the end of last season, the 29-year-old midfield enforcer joined relegated Bolton on trial last week.
McInnes claims the door is still open for Cisse to return to the negotiating table, but it now seems likely that Wanderers boss Owen Coyle will offer him a deal to sign for the Lancashire club.
City have made an enforced fixture change ahead of their pre-season tour to Scotland.
Having been promoted to the Scottish Premier League, Dundee are now unable to play a game scheduled for Monday, July 30 and City will instead visit Kilmarnock on the same date (7.45pm).
The Robins launch their tour north of the border with a game at St Johnstone on Saturday (3pm) and they are also due to meet Dunfermline on Wednesday, August 1.