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Ki: It was Laudrup or me

Swansea midfielder Ki Sung-yueng has admitted he doubts he would still be at the Premier League club if Michael Laudrup had remained as manager.

The South Korea international signed a new deal on Thursday which keeps at the Liberty Stadium until 2018.

Ki was sent on a season-long loan to Sunderland in the summer of 2013 after finding his opportunities limited under Laudrup and has revealed he would have been reluctant to return unless changes were made.

"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."

Ki has flourished so far this season under Garry Monk with the current manager maintaining the midfielder is a key part of his plans.

This confidence has brought the best out of Ki and the midfielder was a key performer in the team's opening day upset of Manchester United, a game in which he scored the first goal.

The 25-year-old revealed he has enjoyed working under Monk and admitted he is happy to be finally fulfilling his potential at Swansea.

"When I came back here this year a lot of things have changed and also the manager has changed," Ki said.

"I spoke to Garry and he said I was in his plans. He talked about tactics, how the team was going to play this season and he told me he wanted to play.

"I had a pre-season, played the first two games and I had to decide whether to stay.

"I had some options to go in the summer but my priority was to stay in Swansea because the philosophy is the same and I don't need to adapt."