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Ki Sung-yueng would have left if Laudrup stayed

Ki Sung-yueng
Ki Sung-yueng scored in Swansea's impressive win at Old Trafford. Credit: PA

Swansea midfielder Ki Sung-yueng has revealed he might have left the club had Michael Laudrup stayed as manager.

Ki signed a new four-year deal on Thursday as the South Korea international completed a remarkable reversal in fortunes at the Liberty Stadium.

"I'm not sure if I would be here if he (Laudrup) was," Ki said ahead of the visit of West Brom on Saturday.

"If I have the chance to play maybe I stay, if not maybe I have to look at another opportunity because I just want to play in midfield.

"I don't want to stay on the bench every game."


Swansea snap up free agent James Demetriou

Demetriou is hoping to break into Swansea's first team. Credit: PA

Swansea have snapped up 19-year-old striker James Demetriou after his contract at Nottingham Forest expired.

The Australian-born Cyprus Under-21 international has signed a two-year deal and will join up with the Swans' Under-21 squad.

"My short-term aim is get game time and try to score as many goals as I can, but long-term I want to break into the first-team here and impress the manager," Demetriou told the club's website.

New deal for Ki

Swansea's South Korean midfielder Ki Sung-yueng has signed a new four-year contract that will keep him at the Liberty Stadium until 2018.

Ki had a year left on his old deal after arriving from Celtic for what was then a club record £5million in 2012.

I'm very pleased.

This is what I have wanted to do - my first option was always to renew with Swansea.

I want to sacrifice myself for the team and, as always, do as much as I can to help this team improve.

I will be giving 100 per cent, and I am looking forward to continuing my work with the club.

– Ki Sung-yueng


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Monk wants two or three more

Swansea manager Garry Monk believes he has more quality to call on this season - but admits he does need extra bodies to bolster his squad.

It is different to last season. We had 25-26 senior professionals last season and now I have five or six of the Under-21s in my squad.

So in terms of that there is a big difference, but in terms of the players we can bring on, it is better.

There were players we have got rid of from last season and the players we have brought in I believe are better players.

That is how I feel, but in terms of numbers of senior professionals we do need two or three players.

– Garry Monk
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