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Rangel agrees new Swans contract

ESPN staff
March 8, 2013
Angel Rangel has been key to Swansea's success © Getty Images

Swansea defender Angel Rangel has signed a new three-year contract at the Liberty Stadium, the Capital One Cup winners have announced.

Rangel, 30, would not have been out of contract until next summer but agreed the new deal after saying he wanted to continue his career in Wales.

The right-back joined from Spanish club Terrassa six years ago and established himself as one of Swansea's key players as they gained promotion to the Championship and then to the Premier League, in which they finished 11th last season.

"It shows how well things are going here that so many of the squad have signed new contracts," Rangel told the club's official website.

"The club realises the players are doing a great job, and the board and chairman [Huw Jenkins] are rewarding us for that.

"We are getting better and better as a club again this season, and everyone here is keen to play their part in helping Swansea City grow."

Rangel described his time at the club as "a great story" and said he was looking forward to that continuing.

"After an incredible first season in the Premier League, people doubted whether we could do the same again or even stay up - but look at what we have accomplished already," he said.

"We are in the top half of the Premier League, we have 40 points already and we have a first major trophy for the club. What a story this is.

"I am settled here, I am enjoying my football, I have married a Welsh girl and I'm building a house in Swansea - I feel like a Welshman now."

Top scorer Michu, Leon Britton, Wayne Routledge and Garry Monk have all signed new Swansea deals in recent months, and manager Michael Laudrup said he was hopeful of making Jonathan de Guzman's loan move from Villarreal permanent.

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