Britton set for new Swansea deal

25 September 2009 07:15
Leon Britton says he is close to signing a new deal with Swansea City. Speculation over the summer suggested the midfielder was seeking a move, but Britton stresses he sees his long-term future being at the Liberty Stadium. "The talks [over a new contract] have been going well. The ball's back in the club's court," he told BBC Wales Sport. "We're just waiting for a phone call from them to let us know a few things and then we'll go from there. Hopefully things will be tied up." Britton joined Swansea on a free from West Ham back in June 2003, having impressed on loan the previous season. The diminutive midfielder, 26, has experienced a relegation battle, promotion, trophy success, and play-off heartache in his six years with the south Wales club. August's 3-0 home defeat to Middlesbrough marked his 300th appearance for the club and Britton says he hopes to celebrate many more milestones in the years to come. "I'm very keen to stay," said the Londoner. "I'm happy here. I wouldn't have talked to the club about a new contract if I wasn't happy - I don't think that's the right thing to do." Doubts over Britton's future at the Liberty Stadium emerged over the summer following upheaval in his personal life. He split with his long-term girlfriend, who moved back to London with their young daughter. But after helping the club to recover from League Two relegation contenders into Premier League promotion chasers, Britton says he feels a strong sense of loyalty towards the Swans. "It's a difficult situation and at times it has unsettled me," he said of his off the field problems. "I've split from my long-term girlfriend and my daughter now lives in London so it is difficult. "There are times when you want to see your daughter and be a dad to her but it's hard to be there. "At the same time it's about balancing it and juggling it out to try to get to see her as much as you can and concentrating on your football. "I could be thinking about running my contract down and looking for a club nearer home, maybe a London team, to be nearer my daughter. "But I can see the commitment here at the club and what we're trying to achieve and the potential. "I've been here a long time and it would be a great achievement if we could get into the Premiership."

Source: BBC_Sport