// Published February 9, 2015 by isport

Ki Sung-Yueng could have left Swansea City for Rangers during the summer if he’d not been convinced not to do so by Garry Monk.

Ki was out of favour at Swansea and was placed on loan to Sunderland at the start of the 2013-14 Season.

He did enough there at Sunderland to make people praise his efforts. Though, he was not sparkling, but, he was always there doing a job for them and the Black Cats actually wanted to buy him once his loan period was over, and faced competition from Rangers.

It was speculated that Ki himself wanted that deal as well, but, a change in management took place at Swansea in February 2014 and the new management, led by Gary Monk, did not want to let go of Ki.

Monk, who had taken his first assignment as manager at the Liberty Stadium, had a face to face meeting with the Korean player who was a little confused at that point of time.
According to Monk, Ki wasn’t sure how his career would shape up from there. He needed a bit of confidence.

Speaking in an interview, the Swansea manager said, “I told him how much I liked him as a player. It was a long chat. We discussed the future of the club, which sort of style the team was going to adopt and many more things and he was pretty clear what he had to do once we were done with that meeting.”

Ki, who is one of the very few Asian players playing the top flight Football in the European continent, has completed the half century of the Premier League appearances for Swansea City.