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The Spaniard says that the reception his team-mate received upon achieving the landmark has inspired him to match the same record, hailing the midfielder as a "great example"

Swansea defender Angel Rangel has spoken of his desire to reach 400 appearances for the club after witnessing team-mate Leon Britton conquer the same milestone last weekend.

Midfielder Britton achieved the feat in the Swans 2-2 draw with Reading on Saturday, and received a rapturous reception from the home support after helping guide the Welsh side from the brink of non-league football to the top flight.

Rangel also reached a major landmark at the weekend, as he made his 200th league appearance for the club, however the Spaniard - who moved from Spanish third-tier side Terrassa to join up with compatriot and then manager Roberto Martinez in 2007 - has now set his sights on emulating Britton's achievement.

He told The South Wales Evening Post: "The reception Brits got last weekend was well deserved because he has been a great player for this club. He has been through everything here — fighting against relegation to the Conference to playing in the Premier League.

"I've managed 200 league appearances since I moved here, and I would love to reach 400 games like Brits. He is a great example to everyone at the club.

"I know I am approaching 30, but I look after myself and I hope to play as long as I can before retiring here."

Despite winning a League One title and tasting the glory of promotion to the Premier League with Swansea, the defender feels he still has more to achieve at the Liberty Stadium.

He added: "Things couldn't have gone any better for me. When I got here I didn't know what to expect, and the football was a bit of a mystery to me as well.

"I know I am a Spaniard, but I really feel at home here. Everyone is really friendly and there is a great vibe around the football club and the city.

"When I got here the talk was to get to the Premier League, and I don't think many people believed we could do it. But we proved them wrong, and now we are working towards becoming an established Premier League team."

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