Swans confirm trio interest
Swansea say there was 'serious interest' from clubs in taking Leon Britton, Darren Pratley and Angel Rangel.
Last Updated: 02/02/10 7:10pm
Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins has revealed there was 'serious interest' from clubs in taking Leon Britton, Darren Pratley and Angel Rangel in the transfer window.
Midfielder Britton was heavily linked with a move to rejoin former Swans boss Roberto Martinez at Wigan, while fellow midfielder Pratley was a reported Nottingham Forest target and defender Rangel was thought to interest Fulham.
But Jenkins is glad the trio have remained at the club as Paulo Sousa's Championship high-fliers attempt to win promotion to the Premier League.
The Swansea chairman told the Western Mail: "There was serious interest in Leon, Darren and Angel.
"But we resisted the temptation to let them go, taking into account the high value we place on the players as individuals and within the squad.
"Paulo feels it is in the club's best interest to keep everyone together until the end of the season at least; focused and committed to help us achieve a position as high as we can.
"The club is very pleased the deadline has come and gone."
Britton is also pleased the transfer window has closed and he is now looking forward to concentrating on matters on the pitch.
The 27-year-old, who is out of contract at the end of the season, said: "I'm happy it's done and dusted.
"It's never easy for any player when situations like this happen and there's speculation.
"But it's over now and I'm happy to be in a position where I can just concentrate on my football and the next three months."
Britton put discussions on hold over Christmas regarding a possible contract extension but reiterated he would be happy to reopen talks at the end of the campaign.
He added: "That is still the case - the situation hasn't changed.
"There's been interest but that doesn't affect things - I'm not dwelling on it and I'm certainly not disappointed.
"It was always in my head that I would talk about things again at the end of the season and until then I can crack on with the job.
"We have a big few weeks with a lot of games in a short space of time and I'm really looking forward to that.
"All I am thinking about is winning back my place in the side and helping the side stay in the top six."