Swansea City defender Angel Rangel has been named the new club captain following a shakeup in manager Paul Clement’s coaching staff.
The news that Rangel will take the armband comes after current captain Leon Britton joined Clement’s coaching staff, taking up the role as a player-assistant coach of the Swans.
Rangel, who has made more than 370 appearances for the club, has become a defensive stalwart since his move from Spanish side Terrassa FC back in 2007.
During that time, he has seen the club rise and rise from the third tier of English football to the top-flight; securing the League One title in 2008, promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs in 2011 and also winning the League Cup at Wembley in 2013.
The defender has built a strong relationship with the fans since his move to the Liberty 10 years ago, and also received plaudits off the pitch during early 2013 when he distributed food to the homeless in the city.
The 35-year-old told the Club’s official website: “I am very delighted and proud to be given the role and I will try to be as good as I can,” said Rangel.
“It was the manager’s decision. He came to me and said I am the longest-serving player, I know the club inside out and how things work here.
“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.”
He added: “I love the club and the most important thing is that we stay in the Premier League this year,”
Swansea City fans took to social media to express their delight in the experienced defender taking over the captaincy from Leon Britton.
Excellent news and recognition of a career devoted to our club. Will keep our values and history true within the squad and will be a great motivator in these difficult times. Sure to join @Britts_7 in coaching role in future #YJB— Terry Sinnett (@TerrySinnett) November 14, 2017
10 years and counting❤️— Jack Jenkins🐐 (@jacktj072) November 14, 2017
Congrats I’m happy with it he is a legend to the club— George Allen (@BossmanGeorgea) November 14, 2017
Speaking on the news, manager Paul Clement also told the Club’s official website: “Given his age, experience and the excellent service he has given to this club over a number of years, Angel is the right choice to be club captain.
“He is a great role model and a very good professional who all other players can look up to.
He added: “His commitment to the club is obvious and the attitude he shows each and every day is very good. We are pleased to have him as our new club captain.”