Rangel signs new Swans extension
10th March 2015
Angel Rangel is targeting a decade of Swansea City service after signing a new one-year contract extension.
The 32-year-old, who arrived from Spanish lower league club Terrassa in 2007, has penned a new deal which will tie him to the Liberty until June 2017.
And the right-back revealed representing the club for ten years, just like his team-mates Leon Britton and Alan Tate along with manager Garry Monk, has always been a personal target.
"To be part of this club for the next two years is great news for me," said Rangel. "Playing for Swansea City for ten years has always been a target for me. Seeing the likes of Leon, Tatey and Garry reach ten 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.
"I'd like to thank the club for giving me an extension, and I'll repay them for that with my commitment and performances for Swansea City."
The Spaniard has made 315 appearances in all competitions since arriving in SA1.
Having made his debut in a 2-1 defeat at Oldham in League One on August 11, 2007, Rangel has experienced two promotions, Capital One Cup glory and a Europa League adventure, while he is currently enjoying a fourth Barclays Premier League campaign.
"I could write a book on my time here," said Rangel, who captained the Swans in their famous 3-0 Europa League win at Valencia. "I arrived here not speaking any English, the club was in League One and without a training ground.
"Now I'm married to a Welsh girl and we have kids together, while on the pitch we've had two finals at Wembley, four years in the Premier League and have enjoyed playing in the Europa League.
"I've enjoyed every minute of my time here. The club has made huge strides in the time I've been involved, and I want to be a part of the club's continued success."
The Swans go into next Monday's league fixture with Liverpool already on 40 points following a fine campaign under Monk's leadership.
Rangel, however, has found himself battling to win his place back in Monk's starting XI following the January signing of Kyle Naughton.
But he believes the strong competition for places will help the club strive to beat its previous highest-points tally in the Premier League of 47.
"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," he added.
"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.
"You get paid to be professional, and no player is bigger than the club. When the manager has strong competition for every position then that is great for the club because it helps us push on.
"I'm not the type to moan about it. I'll continue to work hard in order to help the club in every single way.
"It's fantastic to have reached 40 points already. Now we want to beat 47 points, which would be another record for us, and everyone at the club is determined to make this another historic season for Swansea City."