Britton extends Swans stay

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Swansea City stalwart Leon Britton has signed a new one-year contract to extend his stay at the Liberty Stadium until 2018.

The 33-year-old midfielder made his 500th appearance for the Swans last season, and insisted that extending their relationship was an easy decision for both parties.

"Signing the extension was a very easy decision, like most of my contracts at Swansea have been," he said.

"I spoke to the chairman and said if you are happy to have me, let's just keep the same terms. I think it's one of the easiest contracts the club have ever drawn up.

"If you include the loan deals when I first came, I have now signed 13 contracts at Swansea. You never know, there might be a 14th – it's down to me to try to prove I can still do a job.

"Getting up to 600 appearances for the club might be a big ask, but you have always got to have targets."

Britton made a modest 21 league appearances last season, and just nine the campaign before. He accepts that his role in the first team will diminish, but he is still eager to be an asset to manager Francesco Guidolin.

"Looking forward, I know my role will change a little bit in terms of not playing as regularly as I have done over the years," he added.

"I have spoken to the manager about that and I understand it. I have said to him that I am ready to start, to come on or just to be involved in the squad and trying to help the other players.

"I will just train well, keep fit and be ready for the manager however he wants to use me. I think there is life in me yet."