Ryan Giggs backs Swansea's Williams for top four club

Manchester United assistant Giggs is a big admirer of the Swansea and Wales defender

Manchester United assistant manager Ryan Giggs believes Swansea and Wales captain Ashley Williams could play for a top four club.

Williams has been a long-term target for a number of the Premier League's top sides after establishing himself as one of the best central defenders in the top flight since Swansea's promotion from the Championship in 2011.

The 31-year-old has been a model of consistency for Swansea in the Premier League with the defender playing a key role in helping the club establish themselves in the league.

Former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers revealed in January that he tried to bring Williams to Anfield during his time in charge of the club, but Swansea managed to keep hold of the player.

"He's a top, top centre-half. I've always felt he could play for one of the very top clubs in the league," Rodgers told Sky Sports.

"I wanted to take him to Liverpool. He's one of the few breeds in that he's a leader - managers and coaches are looking for leaders on the field and in the game."

Former Wales star Giggs is also a big admirer of Williams and feels the defender could easily play for one of the big boys in the Premier League.

Giggs told Walesonline: "He's certainly got the capability [to play for a top four team], he's been so consistent over the last five years or so, he's a good leader and very experienced. He's a great person for Wales to have in the dressing room right now.

"I think he is happy where he is, he's had a lot of success there and Swansea have become a fixture in the Premier League.

"He's the captain there so he'll be happy.

Williams is also a key member of Chris Coleman's Wales team that qualified for Euro 2016 having conceded just four goals in 10 qualification games and he will lead the team out in France this summer.

Williams joined Swansea from Stockport County in 2008 and has made over 300 appearances for the South Wales club.

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