SWANSEA insist they can still recall Ki Sung-Yeung from his loan spell at Sunderland, even if they are unlikely to do so.
Ki has proved to be a pivotal figure for the Black Cats under Gus Poyet, with the South Korean international netting his third goal in red and white during last weekend’s win at Fulham.
Head coach Poyet suggested afterwards that Swansea had passed the deadline to end Ki’s loan during the January transfer window and the 24-year-old would be at the Stadium of Light until at least the end of the season.
Poyet said: “Swansea had an opportunity to call him back and they didn’t. That was a difficult day for me because I was waiting and waiting.”
But Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins today insisted that the Welsh club could still take Ki back to the Liberty Stadium.
“He is our player and we can recall him up until January 31,” Jenkins said.
But in practical terms, Ki will almost certainly remain with Sunderland, who are keen to land the midfielder on a permanent deal.
Ki had not been part of Swansea boss Michael Laudrup’s plans this season and the former Celtic man is on hefty wages at the Welsh club.