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Martinez agrees 'improved' deal

Roberto Martinez
Martinez first joined Swansea as a player in 2003

Swansea manager Roberto Martinez has committed his long-term future to the club by signing an "improved" contract.

The Spaniard, 34, whose current deal runs out in May 2010, celebrated his first year in charge with promotion to the Championship.

Martinez told BBC Radio Wales: "I feel flattered. The long relationship has always been in my mind.

"The contract is for as long as we can work together in terms of fulfilling each other's ambitions."

He added: "We have come a long way in the last 10 months and we really believe that the next three or four years are going to be vital for our football club.

"In that respect, we are ready for the next challenge and to be rewarded with this is special."

The club have refused to reveal the length of the contract.

And chairman Huw Jenkins would only say: "We have agreed a new, improved contract with Roberto that extends beyond the length of his current deal.

"After a fantastic season that has seen Roberto guide the club into the Championship for the first time in 24 years, we are delighted to announce that he has committed his long-term future to Swansea City."

The news has been welcomed by Swansea City's players with vice-captain Alan Tate praising Martinez for guiding them to promotion.

"He has got to take most of the credit," said Tate.

606: DEBATE

"I know he will probably pass it on to the players but you need someone to guide you and pick the team.

"No-one in this league has done it better than him as we are top of the league."

Meanwhile, the club has announced a three-year kit deal with UK-based manufacturer Umbro after their association with Italian firm Macron came to an end.

The club expects the new kits to be available in June.

The deal will come as a boost to the Swans who announced a net loss of 647,133 for the year ended 31 May 2007.

That compares to a net profit of 447,793 the previous year.


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