MICHAEL Laudrup has insisted Ki Sung-Yueng still has a Swansea City future despite letting the midfielder join Sunderland on loan.
Ki today completed a year-long switch to the Stadium of Light only 12 months after arriving at the Liberty from Celtic in a £5.5 million deal.
Swansea have the option to recall Ki in January and, even if the South Korean international remains in the North East all season, they say he will eventually return to Wales.
Chairman Huw Jenkins has made it clear that he expects Ki, who has two years to run on the contract he signed last year, to come back to Swansea at some point.
And boss Michael Laudrup agreed, saying: “Ki still has a future here.
“It’s not an easy decision for me to let him go – midfielders have to run more than anyone else and we have a lot of games coming up.
“But we had five players for the two central midfield positions, while for the others we have two for each position.
“And I can understand it’s difficult because he wants to play. Last season he played 29 (league) games and he wanted that again or maybe more.
“But I can’t promise that because we have two very good new players like Jonjo Shelvey and Jose Canas plus Leon Britton and Jonathan de Guzman.”
Ki played 38 games in all last season after his then club-record move from Celtic.
But having recently lost his place in the South Korean squad, the 24-year-old has opted to depart having made only three substitute appearances so far this term.
“I understand he wants to break back into the national team, who have a World Cup coming up,” Laudrup added.
“In the end it was a combination of all these things that made me agree to this move.”