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Tiendalli keen to extend stay at the Liberty

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: January 18, 2013

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DWIGHT Tiendalli is eager to extend his stay at Swansea City having relished his first four months at the club.

The previously unattached Dutch full-back joined the Swans on a free transfer in September, after a horrendous broken ankle ruled Neil Taylor out for the season.

Tiendalli had to bide his time initially, playing twice in the Capital One Cup before making his Premier League debut in Swansea's 2-0 win at Arsenal only last month.

The former Feyenoord and FC Twente man now has 12 first-team appearances to his name, and he has impressed whenever and wherever he has played.

Comfortable on the left or right side of defence, the 27-year-old has provided excellent cover for right-back Angel Rangel and Ben Davies, the youngster promoted to the first team in Taylor's absence.

Tiendalli is now a firmly established member of Michael Laudrup's squad and, with his current contract expiring at the end of the season, the defender would be delighted to sign a new deal.

"If I was offered a contract, I'd like to stay. Of course I want to stay," he said.

"I want to be a part of Swansea.

"I think they will make steps forward every year and I'd like to be a part of that.

"We will see what happens. I just have to focus on my game.

"I've been very happy with my time at Swansea.

"The life at Swansea is very good.

"I have a lot of team-mates who are Dutch and they help me. I think I've fitted well into the squad. I'm glad to be here."

Tiendalli played in the 1-0 FA Cup third round replay defeat to Arsenal on Wednesday night, a result which halted a seven-match unbeaten run for Swansea.

The Dutchman has yet to face Stoke during his time in South Wales but, with the Potters visiting the Liberty tomorrow, he reckons the Swans are a better side.

"We are always confident. We know what we can do. We are at home and we have to win the game," he said.

"We have more quality than Stoke, but they have a really good team. They play direct football and they are hard to beat. But we have a chance.

"We've defended well in the last couple of games. It's not just about the back four, we defend as a team.

"We did a good job at Everton and we did okay at Arsenal, but the pressure in the second half was just too much for us.

"We hope to defend in the same way against Stoke and do the job again. We also have to attack. We have quality players up front and we have to be better."

Tiendalli started at left-back against Arsenal having recently shone on the right side of defence.

He will be in contention to start again tomorrow and, wherever that may be, the Ajax youth product will be raring to go.

"I'm happy with the opportunities given to me. As a player, I want to play in every game," he said.

"You are happy when you are playing. I have to take my chance and do whatever I can to help the team.

"I know what my job is. When I came to the club I knew it was for left-back. Originally I'm a right-back, but I can also play left-back. I do my job and work hard for the team.

"Of course, it's different to play in the two positions, but I'm glad to play."

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