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The Swans full-back heaps praise on his compatriot, hailing the committed forward as a figurehead for his team-mates as he motivates them with his passionate performances

Swansea City defender Angel Rangel has hailed the impact of fellow Spaniard Michu at the Liberty Stadium, praising the 18-goal striker as a "leader" on the pitch.

The full-back believes that the forward's commitment motivates his team-mates to up their own games, as they strive to match the Premier League's fifth-highest goalscorer of 2012-13.

Rangel told the club's official website: "Michu affects you not just in terms of his goals but it's also his work-rate on and off the ball. He goes for it 100 per cent – he is not afraid of anything.

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"When you see a player like that, it motivates you even more. It's great to see the passion he has. This season he has been a leader when he was playing as the lone striker. He showed the whole team that we will go for it.

"He drags everyone into the game. His finishing, his runs into the box, his tackling – it's fantastic. Everything about his game really motivates us individually."

Alongisde Michu and Rangel, Chico Flores and Pablo Hernandez comprise a four-strong contingent of Spaniards at the Liberty Stadium and the full-back feels that the national bond has strengthened the club.

"It has been a pleasure to play with them," he enthused of his countrymen. "On the pitch they are top players and off the pitch they are a very good group of lads.

"The Spanish influence at the club has been very important in the club's success, going back to when Roberto [Martinez] was here as a player.

"It's great to see Swansea City having such a strong connection with Spain. I'm really enjoying it here and the other Spanish lads feel very comfortable and settled here. We spend quite a lot of time together."

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