Swansea star delighted by deal
Swansea City defender Angel Rangel has said that he ‘feels like a Welshman’ after finalising a new long-term contract.
The Spaniard has agreed a three-and-a-half year deal with the Swans – a deal that ties his future to the club until the summer of 2016.
Rangel joined Swansea for the nominal fee of £10,000 from Terrassa in 2007, and has since proved to be one of the best value-for-money signings in the club’s history.
The right-back was reported by the South Wales Evening Post as saying: “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 here on a personal and professional level.”
Rangel made his first team debut against Oldham Athletic, and has seen the club transform from a League One outfit to cup winners and, next season, European competitors.
The 30-year-old arrived as part of a trio of Spanish signings, alongside Andrea Orlandi and Guillem Bauza.
And while Orlandi has since moved on to Brighton and Hove Albion and Bauza to Exeter City, Rangel has gone from strength to strength.
Now established as a Premier League full-back, there was a time when he might have moved on to other clubs, but he has since become one of the more consistent members of the Swans side.
Rangel has played in 24 Premier League games this season, scoring two goals.