KI SUNG-YUENG insists he has had no further contact with Swansea City after the managerial upheaval at the Welsh club.
The South Korean fell out of favour under former Swans boss Michael Laudrup, before the Dane sanctioned the midfielder’s departure on a season-long loan to Sunderland last summer.
But Laudrup’s dismissal, coupled with the temporary appointment of caretaker boss Garry Monk, has raised the possibility that Ki could have a future at the Liberty Stadium next season, even though he would only have a year remaining on his contract.
That would be a blow to Sunderland, who are desperate to sign the former Celtic man on a permanent basis, providing they remain in the Premier League.
But when asked whether he had spoken with Swansea since Laudrup’s departure, Ki said: “No, there hasn’t been anything.”
Ki admits he is uncertain over what his future holds, particularly after suddenly finding himself out of favour at Swansea after starting 27 games for Laudrup’s side last season.
But he says it is important to him to feel valued, and that could boost Sunderland’s chances of keeping a player who has become a fixture in Gus Poyet’s first-choice starting XI.
“I don’t make my future plans because I don’t know about my future,” added Ki, who cost Swansea £6million when he joined from Celtic in August, 2012.
“I had no idea I would be going to Swansea and this season I had no idea I would be coming to Sunderland. It was unexpected.
“I had to make a choice to become a better player and Sunderland gave me a hand and an opportunity.
“I don’t know about my future, I just try to do my best in every single game I have. My life is like that. I just look to do my best.
“Maybe other footballers have a dream, to go to big clubs, but, for me, a big club is a club that wants me, a club that needs me – that is my idea of a big club.
“If they love you and need you, that is a big club for me.”