'I'm leaving a special place'

14th May 2018
First team

Angel Rangel believes he is saying goodbye to a “special place” after wearing the Swansea City shirt for the last time.

Rangel’s 11-year stint as a Swans player has come to an end after he made his 374th and final appearance in Sunday’s 2-1 defeat to Stoke.

The result confirmed the Swans’ relegation to the Championship, meaning a painful end for Rangel and fellow club legend Leon Britton as they said their farewells.

Britton is retiring, while Rangel is on the lookout for a new club with his contract up this summer.

The Spaniard will be remembered as one of the Swans’ finest ever defenders having played a key role in the club’s most successful era.

And despite the sad climax to his Liberty career, Rangel is looking back with pride.

“We’ve created something special over the past 10 years or so,” he said.

“Swansea is a special place. You don’t find too many places like it around the world.

“We all enjoyed playing the football we did for so many years and you could see the joy in the fans’ eyes.

“For my time as a player to end the way it did makes me feel sad, but we all should be proud.

“We earned a couple of promotions, won the Capital One Cup and played in the Europa League.

“It’s been a fantastic journey. I will always be grateful to the fans and everyone in the city.”