Angel Rangel: QPR defender wanted Swansea City stay – but got no reply

Angel Rangel: QPR defender wanted Swansea City stay - but got no reply

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Queens Park Rangers defender Angel Rangel says he would have loved to stay at his former club Swansea City.

The Spaniard, 35, departed the Liberty Stadium in May after 11 years as a Swan, playing 374 games for the club.

Rangel held talks with new boss Graham Potter about remaining with the club, but says they were not interested despite his offer to take a pay cut.

“I said I would love to come back and I did not get a response, not a yes or a no, which was frustrating,” he said.

Rangel will return to the Liberty Stadium on Saturday to face his former side and admits he wishes he never had to leave the club and city he considered to be home.

“I wanted to stay, at the beginning of last season I asked about the possibility of extending [my contract] with the chairman [Huw Jenkins],” he told BBC Sport Wales.

“I didnt play much, but when we went down and would obviously be in the Championship I thought maybe there would be an opportunity [to stay].

“The manager [Carlos Carvalhal] left and Graham Potter came in. I did meet him a couple of times after I left and had a good chat with him.

“If it was a no, I could have moved on. I would have tried to prove myself in training, but when I got no answer I thought it was time to move on.”

Rangel says the timing was wrong for a return to south Wales, even though he would have taken a wage cut to remain.

“They were assessing the squad in June. Probably the timing was not right to give me an answer,” he explained.

“I couldnt wait forever and that was it really. There was no war; it was just time to call it a day at Swansea, even though it was frustrating.

“We never talked numbers, but I would have stayed for less money, of course. That would have been the easiest decision of my career. I would have taken a good cut to stay at Swansea and play in the Championship.”

Rangel says he had other options before deciding to sign a deal with QPR, admitting he almost ended up playing in Major League Soccer before his potential move to DC United was scuppered by their capture of Wayne Rooney.

“Some Championship clubs and some La Liga clubs showed interest; I knew that realistically the Premier League was not an option.

“I tried everywhere I could to play at a good level, but clubs want younger players they can sell on.

“A move to DC United was actually happening. They rang me before May to join from this January coming.

“I said thats great but I wanted to move from May. They looked at that… but then they signed Wayne Rooney and it changed their designated players limit. So it fell through.

Swansea City legend Angel Rangel admitted that he was left frustrated in the Summer when he received no reply from the club after showing a desire to stay when his contract expired in June.

The term ‘legend’ is overly used in football but the Spanish right-back is well worthy of such status. He joined the Swans eleven years ago back in 2007 when we were in League One for a £10,000 fee – part of which he paid for himself. He played a huge role in our rise through the divisions to the Premier League and made 328 appearances for us before having to look elsewhere to ply his trade after receiving no response from the club he loves.

A true jack, Rangel also went out handing food to the homeless in the city back in 2013 and he also revealed that he was prepared to take a pay-cut to sign a new contract at the Liberty Stadium, but no such offer came his way.

“I said I would love to come back and I did not get a response, not a yes or a no, which was frustrating,”

“I wanted to stay, at the beginning of last season I asked about the possibility of extending [my contract] with the chairman [Huw Jenkins],”

“They were assessing the squad in June. Probably the timing was not right to give me an answer,”

“I couldn’t wait forever and that was it really. There was no war; it was just time to call it a day at Swansea, even though it was frustrating.

“We never talked numbers, but I would have stayed for less money, of course. That would have been the easiest decision of my career. I would have taken a good cut to stay at Swansea and play in the Championship.” – Angel Rangel

After eleven years of excellent service, it’s disappointing to hear how he was treated and how he was kept waiting during the Summer. We were looking for a new manager at the time which could have affected things but surely we could have given him a definitive answer and not leave him in the dark?

This wouldn’t be the first time we’ve treated a club legend in this way. Alan Curtis was told by text message that he would be no longer needed as a first-team coach when Paul Clement was hired. He was later moved to a loan player manager role but he’s now back where he wants to be – working as part of Graham Potter’s first-team coaching team.

Not saying we should have given him a new deal but he deserves an answer back after 11 years at the club. Classless but not a surprise in any way.

The 35-year-old also revealed to BBC Sport Wales that he was close to joining D.C United but the move fell through after they bought former Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, he added:

“A move to DC United was actually happening. They rang me before May to join from this January coming.

“I said that’s great but I wanted to move from May. They looked at that… but then they signed Wayne Rooney and it changed their designated players limit. So it fell through.

Angel Rangel might be back at the Liberty Stadium in QPR colours on Saturday but he could be back representing the Swans again as he is also keen on “giving something back”. A possibility of a future coaching role perhaps? Rangel told the Official Site back in May:

I have had some conversations with Huw Jenkins. He said he feels its important the club keeps some of the ex-players who have been here during a positive period in the clubs history.

I want to give something back to the club after I finish playing, maybe using my knowledge in some way.

The base for me in the future will always be Swansea. My wife is Welsh, my kids are Welsh and I consider myself Welsh now.

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