Swansea City’s long-serving defender Angel Rangel has vowed to stay and fight for his place at the Liberty Stadium.
Rangel was welcomed back the first-team in Swansea’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur before the international break. The Swans’ regular right-back Kyle Naughton was missing due to his wife giving birth to his child.
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Despite not playing many minutes this term, the Spanish full-back impressed in his first Premier League start for a considerable amount of time. Rangel’s taste of first-team action has made him determined to keep Naughton on his toes. The 32-year-old said;
“I haven’t thought of going anywhere. All I want to do is keep working and fight for my place. It’s hard to think about leaving Swansea because they’ve given me so much and I’ve given them so much.
“The relationship is still there so all I want to do is keep working. I want to play until 37 or 38. Maybe one day my legs will say no more, but at the moment I feel okay.”
Since Naughton’s £5m switch from White Hart Lane last January, Rangel has been pushed to the sidelines. However, he has vowed to be patient and take his chance when called upon, he added;
“I haven’t talked with Garry (Monk) very much to be honest. He knows I’m a good professional, I push myself and everyone else in training. You have to be a professional. If you don’t play you accept it and when the chance comes you can take it.
“I think I am going to be a Swansea player for a long time, but it’s not up to me. All I can do is keep showing in training and in games that I want to keep playing.”