Williams 'close' to Swans deal
Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers has confirmed Ashley Williams is 'very close' to agreeing a new contract.
Last Updated: 19/11/10 7:05pm
Swansea City manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed Ashley Williams is 'very close' to agreeing a new contract.
Skysports.com revealed earlier in the week that Premier League trio West Brom, West Ham and Wolves are keeping tabs on Williams, who is approaching 120 appearances for the Swans.
He has established himself as one of the best centre-halves outside the top flight and Rodgers is confident the Wales international is capable of playing in the Premier League.
However, Rodgers wants the 26-year-old to fulfil that aim with Swansea and feels a deal is close to being agreed to keep Williams at the Liberty Stadium until 2014.
"The speculation doesn't concern me because Ash is very close to agreeing a new deal," said Rodgers in the Evening Post.
"There's no doubt for me that he is a Premier League centre-half. I don't just think Ash can play in the Premier League, I think he can play high up it.
"He can defend - he is quick, strong and good in the air - but the thing that sets him apart is that he can also play football.
"You need to be able to play at the big clubs, and Ash has that ability. There's no question he will get there, but we hope he will get to the Premier League with Swansea.
"If it doesn't happen then as a manager and a club, we respect that there's always a possibility players will move on.
"But at this moment, Ash is happy with us."