Swansea's Ashley Williams wants Brendan Rodgers to stay long-term

Brendan Rodgers with Ashley Williams
Williams has been a regular member of Swansea's side under Rodgers

Wales defender Ashley Williams insists he wants to see Brendan Rodgers extend his stay as Swansea City manager.

Rodgers inspired Swansea to Premier League promotion at the end of his first season in charge and the Welsh club are in the top-flight's top 10.

Rodgers wants to remain at the Liberty stadium long-term although he has not yet started talks with the Swans board.

"The ship's steady with him at the helm and if he extends his contract it's a good thing," said Williams.

The Swans boss is on a rolling one-year contract at the Premier League newcomers but Rodgers has revealed he is ready to commit to the Welsh club.

Swansea secured promotion following their win in the Championship play-off final last May.

Williams has praised the work done by the Northern Irishman, who succeeded Paulo Sousa in July 2010.

"You only have to look at the job he's done," said the Swansea ever-present centre-back.

"All the players are happy with him, even the ones that are not in the starting 11.

"Personally I've learnt a lot from him in my game and in life as well.

"You can go to him for anything and for a group of young lads that's important."

Swansea will be defending their unbeaten home record when champions Manchester United visit the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.

Williams admits he is excited by the prospect of facing Sir Alex Ferguson's side but insists the Swans will not be distracted by the occasion.

"I think it's brilliant for the city of Swansea to have Manchester United coming down and for the local kids to see these kind of players," added Williams.

"There will be a bit of a circus in the upcoming days but we do have a job to do. And especially the players, we've got to stay focused.

"I'm sure the gaffer will keep us focused. We want to keep our run going at home and we want to play good regardless of who the opponent is.

"And we will be looking to do that again on Saturday."

The Wales defender is likely to up against England striker Wayne Rooney at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.

Williams has faced the 26-year-old twice on the international stage during the past year, although Rooney failed to score in England's two Euro 2012 qualifying victories over Wales.

"I played against him not so long ago for Wales against England," said Williams.

"He's a top class player and one of the best strikers in the world."

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