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Swansea City's Ki Sung-Yueng keen to sign new Liberty Stadium contract as talks begin

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: August 25, 2014

Ki Sung-Yueng celebrates his goal against Manchester United

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KI Sung-Yueng has spelt out his desire to remain at Swansea City, insisting "It would be great to stay here."

The South Korean midfielder is back in Wales after a season-long loan stint with Sunderland. Deemed surplus to requirements under Michael Laudrup, Ki has returned to the Liberty Stadium fold under Garry Monk — and it seems that is where he wants to stay.

The World Cup star said: "I'm very pleased with everyone, the squad and also with every start — which I can learn something from.

"The way we play football is very suitable so I think I can maybe expect to extend my contract.

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"I'm in negotiations. It would be great to stay here."

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet made no secret that he would like to have taken Ki back to the North East after playing such a crucial role in Sunderland's survival last season.

He registered four goals during his time on Wearside, something that was missing during his first season at the Liberty as the midfielder completed his debut campaign in the Premier League without a goal to his name.

He quickly addressed that this time around, however, finishing a sweet move to open the scoring against Manchester United in the season opener at Old Trafford.

His early season form and speculation over his contract has seen him linked with Aston Villa. But Ki concedes there while a few other offers are on the table, Swansea remain his preferred choice.

"I had a few options to go but I decided to stay because I know these players can help me to be a better player," he added.

"It's easy for me to pass it and easy for me to create chances so I'm very happy to stay here.

"(Wilfried) Bony, (Nathan) Dyer, (Wayne) Routledge, (Bafetimbi) Gomis, Gylfi (Sigurdsson) — these players know how to play football, so it's easier for me to play with them."

Ki played an influential role in Swansea's 1-0 win over Burnley on Saturday, giving Monk's men the perfect start to the new campaign.

The Clarets put up a spirited showing, and can perhaps consider themselves unlucky that they didn't leave SA1 with a point.

Although happy with the victory, Ki admitted Swansea can move through the gears in the coming weeks.

"I think we can be better in every aspect," he added. "The Burnley game was tough but we dug in until the end.

"Burnley are a very hard-working team and then I think they have some quality players so we shouldn't be surprised. We handled it very well and are getting better as we go through the season.

"We didn't concede even though they had some good chances and also we had some chances to score, so I think it was equal and the first goal was very good for Nathan.

"It's very satisfying. It's massive for everyone.

"If we win the next game, it is three wins in a row so the atmosphere will be better and better."

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