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Leon Britton has not yet signed a new Swansea deal

Swansea mifielder Leon Britton
Leon Britton is in the final year of his contract with Swansea

Swansea City boss Paulo Sousa says that Leon Britton has not signed a new deal that would make him one of the best-paid players in the club's history.

The 27-year-old midfielder's current deal expires at the end of this season.

"Leon was one of the players that, when I arrived in the summer, we tried to get an agreement with," said Swans manager Sousa.

"In the end he was offered the best contract in the history of the club and he did not sign it."

Britton joined Swansea on a free transfer from West Ham in June 2003, having impressed on loan the previous season.

In that time the diminutive midfielder has experienced a relegation battle, promotion, trophy success and play-off heartache in his six years with the south Wales club, topping 300 appearances for the club.

Only last September Britton told BBC Sport Wales that he was keen to stay at the Liberty Stadium.

"The talks [over a new contract] have been going well. The ball's back in the club's court," Britton said at the time.

606: DEBATE

"We're just waiting for a phone call from them to let us know a few things and then we'll go from there. Hopefully things will be tied up.

"I'm very keen to stay. I'm happy here. I wouldn't have talked to the club about a new contract if I wasn't happy - I don't think that's the right thing to do."

However, the midfielder has a young daughter who now lives in London and Britton has previously admitted he has been unsettled by the turmoil of the relatively recent split with the girl's mother and his desire to see his daughter as often as possible.

Although Sousa is still hopeful that Britton will remain a Swansea player, the Portuguese says the club is bigger than any one player.

"I still want him to sign and, if I didn't want that, I wouldn't have asked the chairman to make this offer. I'm still hopeful he will sign," Sousa added.

"He is a player that works hard, he has played more than 300 times for us, he knows our game and he is someone we believe in for the present and the future.

"When a player is ready to play, I don't make my decisions based on contract.

"But, in my opinion, and I think people have started to see this already, it's important we always think about the squad.

"Nobody is more important than the squad or the club."



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