Angel Rangel to leave Swansea when deal expires at end of season
By Joe Shread
Last Updated: 10/05/18 6:42pm
Swansea have announced club captain Angel Rangel will leave the club when his contract expires at the end of the season.
The 35-year-old has been at the club for 11 years, and was part of the side that was promoted to the Premier League for the first time in their history in 2011.
Swansea say Rangel will continue to search for another club, although he hopes to return to the Liberty Stadium once his playing days are over.
"I am very proud to have played for 11 seasons for the club who gave me the opportunity to become a professional footballer and who made my dream of playing in the Premier League come true," Rangel told the club's official website.
"I came here as a 24-year-old when the club were in League One. 11 years later I have played more in the Premier League than in all the other divisions.
"That gives me a lot of pride and happiness, but also there is sadness because you don't think this day will ever come.
"I know this season has been difficult for me. I haven't had many games so it is difficult for the club to give me another extension, I understand that. But I keep myself fit, I still feel good and I want to play for as long as my body can take it.
"I will look somewhere else for one or two more seasons.
"When I am 37 or 38 it will be time to call it a day and hopefully I will come back and help the Swans in another way. Until then, I will always be looking at Swansea's results.
"This is my club. I have been lucky enough to be a player for Swansea and now I will be a fan. Hopefully, when I finish playing, I will be a season-ticket holder at the Liberty and I will be able to watch a successful team because I am a Jack."
Rangel has played over 350 games for Swansea after joining from Spanish side Terrassa in 2007, but just six of them have come this season.
Swansea's final game of the season is at home to Stoke on Sunday, and they go into the game knowing they have to win and hope for a huge swing in goal difference if they are to overhaul Southampton and avoid relegation from the Premier League.