Defender Angel Rangel signs new one-year contract with Swansea

Angel Rangel of Swansea in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and Crystal Palace
Image: Angel Rangel: Pleased to have signed a new deal at Swansea despite losing his place in the starting XI

Defender Angel Rangel has signed a new one-year contract at Swansea that will keep him at the Liberty Stadium until June 2017.

Rangel has been an integral part of Swansea's rise from League One to the Premier League having made 315 appearances since being signed by Roberto Martinez from Spanish lower league team Terrassa in 2007.

The 32-year-old right-back has lost his first-team place since Kyle Naughton's arrival from Tottenham in January and has not started a league game since the 1-1 home draw with West Ham on January 10, but he is delighted to have committed his future to the club.

"To be part of this club for the next two years is great news for me," he told the official Swansea website.

"Playing for Swansea City for 10 years has always been a target for me. Seeing the likes of Leon Britton, Alan Tate and Garry Monk reach 10 years' service for this club has been inspirational - they are great servants to the club.

"I wasn't in the last year of my contract, so for the club to sort a new deal at this point showed the commitment, loyalty and faith the chairman and manager have in me."

Despite losing his place in Garry Monk's first XI, Rangel remains optimistic.

"I don't like to moan - I've been lucky enough to play regularly for the last eight years and succeed personally and as a club.

"When the club makes a decision you have to accept it and you must show the manager that you are ready if and when he needs you.

"When the manager has strong competition for every position then that is great for the club because it helps us push on."

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