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Swansea City manager Paul Clement is hopeful of keeping hold of star duo Gylfi Sigurdsson and Fernando Llorente this summer.

The Englishman’s side retained their Premier League status for another year when Hull City were defeated 4-0 at Crystal Palace on Sunday, a day after the Swans had beaten already relegated Sunderland 2-0.

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Llorente bagged the opener in that game, nodding in from Sigurdsson’s free-kick to take his league tally to an impressive 14 goals.

The Iceland international’s 13 assists have also been crucial to his team’s survival and Clement is aware that keeping holding of his prize assets will be key to any success next season.

“You always want to keep your best players and they’ve been excellent all season,” the former Derby County boss told Sky Sports when asked about the pair’s futures.

“We’re going to have those discussions this weekend and in the early days of next week to decide how we move forward – myself, the chairman Huw Jenkins and our two main owners, Steve Kaplan and Jason Levien.

“Hopefully they realise that we’re a good club, they’ve got good team-mates and they really want to stay here as well. I hope they do.”

The Daily Star reported on Sunday that Everton are eyeing up Sigurdsson to replace Ross Barkley if the England man leaves Goodison Park.

Meanwhile, Llorente was strongly linked with a move to Chelsea in The Guardian during the winter transfer window.

Clement has done a fantastic job at the Liberty Stadium after taking the reigns in January with Swansea bottom of the table and four points adrift of safety.

Whilst staying up will be the primary aim again next term, if the 45-year-old can persuade Sigurdsson and Llorente to stay then he will have a fine chance of exceeding expectations.