Friday 27 April 2018

Kyle Bartley signs new four-year deal at Swansea

Kyle Bartley spent last season on loan at Leeds
Kyle Bartley spent last season on loan at Leeds

Kyle Bartley has ended speculation about his future by signing a new four-year deal at Swansea, the Premier League club has announced.

The 26-year-old central defender, a reported transfer target for Burnley and Leeds, will now remain at the Liberty Stadium until 2021.

Bartley spent the last campaign on loan at Championship outfit Leeds, becoming a fans' favourite after producing impressive performances alongside Pontus Jansson at the heart of Garry Monk's defence.

But after Monk's side failed to secure a play-off spot following a late-season slide, Bartley returned to the Swans and was handed a chance to impress new boss Paul Clement on the club's pre-season tour of America.

The former Arsenal trainee was linked with a return to Elland Road, and also touted as a replacement for Michael Keane at Burnley, but is happy to stay with Swansea.

Bartley told the club's official website: "Personally the main reason for me wanting to sign a new deal was that I feel I have a lot to prove at the club.

"I gained a lot more confidence and experience from my loan spell last season. I feel a better person and a better player.

"I want to be able to express that on the pitch and fight for a first-team place."

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