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The Swans captain has put pen to paper on a new deal, ending speculation about the central defender's future after bids from Premier League rivals Sunderland was rejected

Ashley Williams has signed a new four-year contract with Swansea City, putting an end to speculation about the centre-back's future.

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The Swans captain had been the subject of a £4million bid from Premier League rivals Sunderland earlier in the summer, but the offer was rejected by the Welsh club.

The Wales international has been linked with moves to Arsenal and Napoli in the past but yesterday his agent, Jamie Moralee, insisted that the player would not be leaving and the 29-year-old has now committed his future to the Liberty Stadium outfit.

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

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

The towering centre-back has been at Swansea since 2008, moving from Stockport County and leading the side from League One to the Premier League.

He also captained the side to their first ever major trophy in English football when they beat Bradford City in the 2012 Capital One Cup final.

He will now be at the heart of Gary Monk’s first full season in charge at the club, and the new manager has already been busy in the transfer market, securing deals for Marvin Emnes, Bafetimbi Gomis, Lukasz Fabianski and Stephen Kingsley.

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