Angel Rangel’s exit from Swansea City upon the conclusion of the 2017/18 season certainly raised some eyebrows amongst the club’s supporters.
It brought an end to an 11-year spell with the Swans for Rangel, who had established himself as a firm fans favourite during his time with the club.
In an exclusive interview with Football League World’s Jacob Potter, Rangel issued his honest thoughts on his departure, and revealed that the club never told him that he would be leaving at the end of the season.
“It was tough to take. I felt as though I wasn’t treated the right way. I was never told I was leaving. They kept saying to me that it was a possibility that I might sign a new deal.
“Then at the end of the season, they offered me to go to this team that the owners own (Bengaluru FC) and that never happened. I was in between both but nothing was sorted, so at the end I just quit.”
The Spaniard’s last game for the club was against Stoke, which was Swansea’s last game in the top-flight, as they were relegated back into the Championship after a disappointing league campaign.
Rangel felt that he wanted to leave the club on ‘better terms’, but admitted that he has followed the club’s progress since he departed in the summer of 2018.
“I had a great farewell with the last game of the season against Stoke, and is something that will stay with me, but I just wanted to leave in better terms.
“In football, if you’re honest and they say ‘look I think we want a younger squad and you’ve been a great servant for us, I don’t think we’ll offer you a new contract, let’s move on’, I would have taken it, as that’s football.
“Honesty is everything but I never really got that and there was always those grey areas where they give you hope (of a new contract), so it was a bit hard but at the end of the day, I spent 11 years there, and they were fantastic, the best of my career and Swansea are still my club. Not at the moment, but I’m still following them.”
In our next segment of the exclusive interview with Angel Rangel, we’ll be chatting to him about his time with QPR so far and their impressive start to this year’s campaign in the Championship.