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Swansea City Legend Leon Britton to retire from football

Leon Britton has made more than 500 appearances for the Swans over the last 16 years. Credit: PA

Swansea Citys' Leon Britton has announced that he is to retire from playing at the end of the season.

He has made more than 500 appearances for the Swans over the last 16 years.

But the fans’ favourite is to stay on at the Liberty Stadium as the Swans’ second club ambassador alongside Lee Trundle.

I am delighted to be able to stay on the football club as a club ambassador.

This is home now.

– Leon Britton

Britton was born and raised in London, but the 35-year-old’s association with Swansea stretches back to 2002.

Having signed on loan after a trial spell, the midfielder went on to establish himself as one of the Swans’ greatest ever players.

And after more than a decade and a half as a Swan, Britton intends to stay in South Wales.

I haven’t lost the London accent, but I have been here nearly 16 years.

I have more friends here than I have in London and this is where my children were born and are growing up.

My idea, if possible, would be to stay involved with Swansea for the rest of my life. It’s not as easy as that I know, but the ideal scenario for me would be for that to happen.

– Leon Britton
Credit: PA

Britton spent time on Paul Clement’s coaching staff earlier this season, while he also had two games as the club’s caretaker manager.

The Swans offered him the chance to take up another coaching role from the start of next season.

Britton has opted instead to become a club ambassador, but it could be that he gets back involved in coaching a little further down the line.

At the moment I just want to have a bit of time away from the football side of things to spend with the family and think things over' In the future coaching is something I will definitely think about.

I have had a little taste of doing stuff in the academy and the two games as caretaker manager.

I will review things as I go along and see what happens a little further down the line.

– Leon Britton

Yesterday Angel Rangel announced that he would leave Swansea City at the end of the season after eleven years.

Swansea City look almost certain to be relegated from the Premier league this weekend.

The Swans need to beat Stoke on Sunday and for the Saints to lose at home to champions Manchester City, with a 10-goal swing in the Swans' favour, if they are to stay up.