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Rangel praises Michu impact

17 June 2013 16:11

Angel Rangel is delighted with Michu's impact at Swansea last season and believes his compatriot was a key factor in their success.

The Spanish full back has hailed the the 27-year-old for his performances in his debut season at the club, which saw him score 22 goals in 43 appearances.

However, Rangel insisted the striker's influence went further than just his goals, as his general style of play inspires his team-mates.

"Michu affects you not just in terms of his goals, but it's also his workrate on and off the ball," he told the club's official website. "He goes for it 100 per cent - he is not afraid of anything.

"When you see a player like that, it motivates you even more. It’s great to see the passion he has.

"This season he has been a leader when he was playing as the lone striker. He showed the whole team that we will go for it.

"He drags everyone into the game. His finishing, his runs into the box, his tackling - it's fantastic.

"Everything about his game really motivates us individually."

Rangel has been at Swansea since 2007 and has become a crucial part of the club's success rising from the Football League into the Premier League.

He made 37 appearances last season as they finished ninth in the table and qualified for Europe through their Capital One Cup win.

Rangel has been joined in South Wales by three other Spaniards - Pablo Hernandez, Chico Flores and Michu - with Jose Canas also arriving ahead of next season.

And he has revealed the countrymen have a great relationship both on and off the pitch, which has played a large part in their recent success.

“It has been a pleasure to play with them," he added. "On the pitch they are top players, and off the pitch they are a very good group of lads.

"The Spanish influence at the club has been very important in the club's success, going back to when Roberto (Martinez) was here as a player.

"It's great to see Swansea City having such a strong connection with Spain.

"I'm really enjoying it here and the other Spanish lads feel very comfortable and settled here. We spend quite a lot of time together."

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