Leon Britton: Swansea name midfielder as Claude Makelele replacement

Leon Britton
Leon Britton briefly left Swansea in 2010 to play for Sheffield United, but returned to south Wales after just six months

Midfielder Leon Britton has been named as Swansea City's new assistant coach.

The 35-year old, who has played 525 times for the club, replaces Claude Makelele, after the Frenchman was named manager of Belgian top-flight club K.A.S Eupen.

Britton, who will continue playing for the Swans, will be replaced as club captain due to his new role.

His previous role of club captain has been handed to long-serving defender Angel Rangel.

Britton joins Nigel Gibbs, Karl Halabi and Tony Roberts in working under manager Paul Clement.

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Rangel has been with the club for 10 years, having joined from Terrassa in Catalonia.

"I had a lot of dreams to achieve when I first came here," said Rangel.

"One of them was to become a Premier League player, which I achieved.

"I never thought I would end up as a captain, but I am proud and honoured and full of enthusiasm after being given this chance."

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