Brendan Rodgers confirms new Joe Allen Swansea deal
Swansea's Wales international midfielder Joe Allen has signed a new deal to remain at the Liberty Stadium, manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed.
Allen only had a year remaining on his contract at the Premier League newcomers but the Swans have secured the 21-year-old on a "long-term deal".
"While he is not at the same level, he is that Xavi or Iniesta type of player," said Rodgers, referring to Barcelona's superstar midfielders.
"I am delighted he has signed."
Rodgers was keen to tie Allen - whom he described as a "wonderful talent" - on a lengthy contract. The exact length of the agreement has not been revealed.
Allen's new deal comes just days after 22-year-old Wales left-back Neil Taylor penned a new four-year deal.
"For me it was vital for the likes of him and Neil Taylor to re-sign," said Rodgers.
"They feel I am a manager that can work with young players and these boys are big signings for us.
"Joe is fantastic. He is a player who at a lot of clubs would not be deemed big enough or strong enough.
"He is 5ft 7in, not physically tall or great in stature but he is brilliant on the ball, has great intelligence and good mobility."
Allen, who made his Swansea debut against Blackpool on the final day of the 2006/07 season, played a key role in Swansea's successful Championship campaign last season as he made 33 starts.
And the Carmarthen-born playmaker is Swansea's only first-team regular that has graduated through the club's youth system.
Swansea now hope winger Nathan Dyer and midfielder Tom Butler will sign new deals this week.
Butler did not figure last season due to injury but will have a one-year extension.
The Republic of Ireland international appeared for the Swans as a second-half substitute in the 1-0 pre-season defeat to Neath on Saturday.
"Tom's a player who was obviously injured all of last season," said Rodgers, "I've never seen him play.
"I felt it was only right to give him every chance to show me he can play. He's one of the few players at the club who has actually played in the Premier League."