Ashley Williams signs new deal to stay at Swansea

Swansea captain Ashley Williams has signed a new four-year contract to stay at the Liberty Stadium putting an end to speculation over his future.

The 29-year-old central defender put an end to speculation over his future by signing a four-year deal to stay at Swansea. The Wales international and national team captain had been linked in previous transfer windows with a potential move to Arsenal but is now set to stay at the Liberty Stadium with the Swans.

“I’m delighted to sign a new contract at Swansea City,” Williams told the club's website.

“I’ve enjoyed fantastic success at this club and I want to keep helping Swansea City progress."

Williams had impressed in the Swans’ last two Premier League campaigns leading to interest from other Premier League clubs. The centre-back is one of Swansea’s best assets and the club manager Gary Monk acknowledged him as such upon the announcement the skipper is set to stay.

"He's an important player, the captain of his club and country," he told Sky Sports News.

"I've said from the start that I have got a good relationship with Ashley, he is an integral part of this club, stands for a lot of the values that this club represents; it is important that we keep these sort of players at the club."

The defender signed for the Swans in 2008 and now will extend his stay beyond the six years he has spent at the Welsh outfit where he has made 273 appearances and scored 12 goals. The Swans have already been busy this summer transfer window, signing four players so far in former Arsenal goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski on a free transfer, French striker Bafetimbi Gomis from Lyon also on a free transfer as well as Steven Kingsley and Marvin Emmes for a combined £2.35 million but the signing of their captain will surely rank as their best signing yet.

FIFA World Cup 2018FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia - click here for all of our coverage...

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch