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Swansea fullback Rangel thrilled to be staying

Swansea City fullback Angel Rangel is delighted with his new contract.

The Spanish full-back was out of contract this summer and it was feared he would leave the club along with fellow free agents Darren Pratley and Dorus De Vries.

But the 28-year-old was eager to stay with the Swans following their promotion to the Premier League and agreed a new three-year deal with the south Wales club.

"I'm delighted to have agreed a new contract," he told the Western Mail.

"From the moment I started talking with the chairman, he knew that I wanted to sign.

"I want to thank the chairman and manager too, because they have made me feel wanted - that is very important for a player.

"I believe in what they want to achieve and these are exciting times. Myself and the club have made massive strides in the past few seasons, and now we are focusing on the Premier League."

Rangel was previously linked with the likes of Fulham , Blackpool and Millwall but he is thrilled to have achieved his dream of reaching the top flight with Swansea.

"There was interest from clubs in the past who were in the Premier League, and I must admit I got a little frustrated with things," he said.

"That was because I had such a big desire to play in the Premier League. It is where you want to be. But I didn't let it affect my performances and I gave 100% to help the club.

"Now we have got to the Premier League together and I am delighted with that. That is very, very satisfying.

"I really love it here in Swansea. Myself, my partner Nikki and our two boys love the area, so we are very settled."

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