Rangel signs new Swans deal
8th March 2013
Swansea City have secured the services of Angel Rangel after the Spaniard today signed a new three-year contract with the Capital One Cup winners.
The 30-year-old, whose original deal was due to expire in June 1014, joins a long list of senior Swans who have committed themselves to the club this season.
Rangel has been a pivotal figure during the club's rise to the Premier League since he joined the Swans from lower-tier Spanish side Terrassa six years ago.
And he is set to take his Swans service up to nine years after he penned a new deal at the Liberty.
"It shows how well things are going here that so many of the squad have signed new contracts," said Rangel.
"The club realises the players are doing a great job and the board and chairman 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.
"It has been a great story for me since my debut at Oldham in League One.
"There was the promotion as champions in League One, then we did so well in building our reputation as a passing team in the Championship during a time when people said we couldn't do it.
"Then we got through the Play-Offs in the Championship against Reading at Wembley, and that was an amazing achievement.
"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.
"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.
"We have shown what we can do in the Premier League, now we are looking forward to showing what we are capable of achieving in Europe."
Rangel has tasted nothing but success since he swapped Spain for South Wales.
He was among five Swans in the PFA League One Team of the Year as the club marched to the title in 2007-08, with another medal following after winning the Championship Play-Off Final at Wembley against Reading two years ago.
After helping the Swans to 11th in the top-flight last season, Rangel has again played a key role under Michael Laudrup as the club look to establish a top-ten finish to add to the Capital One Cup success.
And Rangel has even hinted at possibly staying on at the Liberty even when his playing days are over.
"I arrived in 2007 and I've already had six excellent years at Swansea," beamed Rangel.
"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.
"I am very happy on a personal and professional level.
"My new contract will take me up to nine years here, and who knows what will happen after that.
"I'm already doing my coaching badges, so I am interested in that - if that could be at Swansea, then that would be great.
"But I'm not trying to think too much about what I'll do after my playing days are over because I'm concentrating on doing what I can to help the club right now."