GARRY Monk wants to keep Ki Sung-Yueng at Swansea City and is set to begin talks over extending the South Korean’s contract.
Ki has just a year to run on his current deal and looked to be facing an uncertain future.
Unfancied by Michael Laudrup, the former Celtic man spent last season on loan at Sunderland.
Gus Poyet was rumoured to be keen on bringing Ki back to the Stadium of Light, while Aston Villa have also been linked to a player who cost Swansea £5.5 million two years ago.
But Monk has revealed he aims to keep Ki at the Liberty and is keen for the midfielder to sign a new deal.
“I’ve said how important Ki is to us, what a good player I think he is, and what he can offer us,” said the Swansea boss.
“Obviously, his time at Swansea since he signed for us has not hit its full heights for whatever reason, but for me he hasn’t seen the real Swansea. I’d like to show him that.
“I want to keep him here. He’s a very good guy, a good professional, so yeah, we’ll be trying to make him an offer to keep him at Swansea City.
“You have to be confident. I’ve had good chats with him.
“Obviously, Ki was at the World Cup. We’d like to have got something sorted earlier, but that’s the way it’s gone.
“We’ll sit down over the next week or so and try to sort out a deal to keep Ki at the club.”