Swansea City match Angel Rangel's ambitions

Angel Rangel
Rangel has been linked with a number of clubs before signing his new deal

Defender Angel Rangel has said promotion to the Premier League convinced him to stay with Swansea City.

"I'm delighted to have agreed a new contract," Rangel said.

"When I arrived here I wanted to be part of a club that had big plans to play in the Premier League, and now we have accomplished that."

Rangel joined the Swans from Spanish side Terrassa in 2007 having been impressed by the former manager Roberto Martinez's ambitions for the club.

"The day I signed here, Roberto [Martinez] said the club wanted to be in the Premier League in four years," Rangel told Swansea's official website

"That was what I wanted to hear. We were in League One at the time, and things have changed a lot since then.

"But we have done things the right way. We play the right style and the squad enjoys it.

"Myself and the club have made massive strides in the past few seasons, and now we are focusing on the Premier League."

Brendan Rodgers' side secured their place in English football's top-flight for the first time in 28 years with a 4-2 win over Reading in the Championship play-off final at Wembley in May.

And Rangel says the Liberty Stadium are determined not to be one season in the Premier League.

"Of course, the Premier League is a massive challenge," said Rangel.

"But we have overcome big obstacles since I have been here. We were told we couldn't play our way out of League One, but we won the title.

"So we are very excited to be heading into the Premier League.

"It still hasn't sunk in. Playing the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool is huge for the club. Not just the players and the staff, but the fans.

"They deserve Premier League football, because they are great fans. Everyone stops you in the street to talk about the Swans and how well we have done to get to the Premier League.

"But we are not just going to the Premier League to enjoy one season.

"We want to be a regular part of the league and show what Swansea City is all about."

Rangel admitted he had been tempted to leave to pursue his Premier League ambitions.

He had having previously attracted the attention of clubs including Blackpool, Fulham and West Ham United.

His decision to commit to the Swans is a timely boost after goalkeeper Dorus De Vries and Darren Pratley recently left the Premier League new boys on free transfers.

"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," said Rangel.

"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 for the club, 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.

"From the moment I started talking with the chairman [Huw Jenkins], 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."

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