Ashley Williams: Swansea captain 'a top six player' says Savage

Ashley Williams with team-mate Jack Cork
Ashley Williams played in Swansea's 1-0 win at Burnley

Swansea City captain Ashley Williams should be playing for a top six club and the defender will not be at the club next season, says ex-Wales midfielder Robbie Savage.

Williams, 30, was linked with Arsenal and Liverpool but signed a three-year contract extension in July 2014.

Swansea are eighth in the Premier League after a 1-0 win at Burnley.

"I'm surprised Ashley Williams is not playing for a top six side," Savage said.

Williams initially joined Swansea on loan from Stockport County in March 2008 before the deal was made permanent in a £400,000 deal the same year.

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He has played a crucial role in guiding the Swans out of the Championship and into the Premier League and has established himself as a Wales regular and national team captain.

Sunderland bid £4m for the centre-back last summer, which was turned down by Swansea and Williams ended speculation surrounding his future by extending his contract.

Savage, who won 39 caps for Wales, believes Williams is one of the best defenders in the Premier League.

"I think Ashley Williams is a leader, he's good on the ball, defends the near post very well and wins headers," Savage said on Radio 5 live's 606 programme.

"I'll be surprised if he's there next year. Do I think he'll be there next season? If I was a top club I would buy him."

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