Angel Rangel says he feels like a Welshman after signing new Swansea City contract
ANGEL Rangel has admitted he feels like a Welshman after signing a new long-term Swansea City contract.
Rangel, whose previous terms were set to expire at the end of next season, has agreed a new three-and-a-half deal which ties him to the Liberty Stadium until the summer of 2016.
The 30-year-old has proved to be one of the great Swansea signings since joining from little-known Spanish outfit Terrassa for all of £10,000 back in 2007.
And the Catalan right-back has revealed that Wales now feels like home.
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"I arrived in 2007 and I've already have six excellent years at Swansea," Rangel said.
"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.
"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."
Swansea were a League One club when Roberto Martinez spotted Rangel while watching another player in the Spanish lower leagues.
Rangel arrived in SA1 as one of the original three amigos alongside Andrea Orlandi and Guillem Bauza, and he has been a first-team regular ever since.
There were a couple of occasions when it seemed Rangel might move on, but he eventually reached the Premier League with Swansea in 2011 and has now established himself as a top-class full-back.
"It has been a great story for me since my debut at Oldham in League One," Rangel added.
"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, and that was an amazing achievement. After an incredible first season in the Premier League, people doubted 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 in Europe."
Rangel is the latest in a line of Swansea stars to pen new deals with the club in recent months.
He said: "It shows how well things are going here that so many of the squad have signed new contracts here. The club realise 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."