Swansea City defender Ashley Williams has spoken of his hopes of leading his side into the Champions League one day.

The Swans skipper, who also captains Wales and has played more than 200 games for the club since joining from Stockport County in 2008, spoke of his ambitions ahead of the first-ever Welsh derby to be played in the Premier League this Sunday.

"I am completely happy at Swansea but I would like to listen to the Champions League music once in my life," Williams told The Times.

"If we can go to the next step, that would be the dream come true. We're probably seen as a little bit more established, the big teams probably see us as little old Swansea.

"Most of us have not played in Europe before and we are prolonging it as long as we can."

The south Wales side have amassed seven points from their first three Europa League fixtures, including an incredible 3-0 victory over Valencia at the Mestalla.

Williams' more immediate focus, however, was understandably on the clash with Cardiff City this weekend. The fierce rivals have not met each other since the Swans' promotion to the Premier League in 2011. 

"The last time we played there, their fans had lined the streets, you knew pulling in on the coach it was not the usual game, they are all there welcoming you. There will probably be a few chuckles," he continued.

Williams acknowledged the importance of the game to the supporters, but was quick to remind that this weekend's result would not define Swansea's season - and urged fans not to let their tensions spill over into any unsavoury scenes.

"It is so intense, it is not normal, but you try to keep your emotions in check. You can't help but feed off the intensity of the crowd," the Wales international added.

"Everything is tenfold. The games are always a bit cagey, close for a bit, then it normally gets a bit edgy. It is a massive day for the players and we are aware it is for the fans.

"I hear people say 'as long as we beat them, nothing else matters', but for me, it is the overall picture. I just hope there isn't anything silly outside the ground. We want the atmosphere, they can banter all they want."

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