Ashley Williams has banished transfer speculation by signing a new contract…
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Ashley Williams has ended transfer speculation linking him with a move to Arsenal, after signing a new long-term contract with Swansea City.
The Daily Mail reported that Sunderland had made an official bid for the Welsh defender, while Arsenal and QPR were amongst the long-term admirers of the 29-year-old, who has been with Swansea since 2008.
It’s a huge boost for Swans’ manager Gary Monk, who was desperate to keep hold of his club captain.
One man that could be on the way out of the Liberty Stadium is striker Michu, who is reportedly a £10m target for Italian side Napoli.
Michu enjoyed a stunning first season with the club, scoring 22 goals in his debut season. However, he struggled during the club’s last campaign, netting just six times in an injury-hit season.
The emergence of Wilfried Bony as the club’s first choice centre forward, and the signing of Lyon’s Bafetimbi Gomis is also likely to limit his first-team opportunities next season.
Williams has been a rock at the heart of the Swans defence since joining the club from Stockport County in a £400,000 deal in May 2008 following a successful loan spell.
He was part of the squad that lifted the League One title while he played a vital role in the club’s Championship Play-Off final victory at Wembley.
He would return to Wembley two years later as the Swans won the Capital One Cup, while he also captained the club to the last 32 of the Europa League and a 12th-placed finish in the top flight last season.