Defender Daniel Alfei signs new Swansea City deal
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Swansea City have handed promising young defender Daniel Alfei a new three-year contract.
The Wales under-21 international has impressed boss Brendan Rodgers since his man-of-the match debut in January's 4-0 FA Cup win over Colchester United.
Swansea-born Alfei, 19, who came through the club's ranks, has since made two more appearances - against Crystal Palace and Leyton Orient.
"I'm delighted," said Alfei, who signed his first professional deal last June.
"It's good to know that the club has the faith to offer me a three-year deal. And as far as I'm concerned, there no better place for me to be playing my football.
"I think I've improved a lot this year by training and playing with such a quality squad.
"The gaffer has helped me develop. He is always talking to me and telling me where I am and where I need to be. His coaching methods have also brought my game on a great deal.
"It's an exciting time to be part of the club and I'm really looking forward to the future.''
And Rodgers is pleased to have tied the former youth team captain, who can play at full-back or in the centre of defence, to a new deal.
He said: "I always want to give young players a chance if they are committed. He deserved it because I have seen him train with us every day since I've been here.
"Over time he will develop into a very good player. More importantly, he's got all the traits to be a very good Swansea City player.''