Ki explains West Ham snub; Hammers still in for Swans defender

Date published: Wednesday 31st January 2018 10:28 - James Marshment

Ki Sung-Yeung: Blasted by manager

Ki Sung-yueng has committed himself to Swansea’s survival battle and insisted his West Ham suitors “are no better than us”.

It is understood the Hammers are keen on adding Ki and Swansea team-mate Alfie Mawson to their own Premier League relegation scrap before the 11pm deadline on Wednesday night.

But Swansea do not want to sell anyone and South Korean midfielder Ki – who is out of contract in the summer – plans to see out the season at the Liberty Stadium.

“I have already said my concentration is to survive in the league here and we are starting to play better,” Ki said after Swansea moved out of the bottom three by beating Arsenal 3-1 on Tuesday night.

“I want to be here and if Swansea want me to stay here, then I can help this team stay in the Premier League.

“It is a difficult time but I don’t think I am going to leave. I don’t need to move.

“I don’t think West Ham are better than us.

“We are fighting with them to avoid relegation, so I think I want to play with my team-mates.

“I want to stay in the league at Swansea and I think me playing in this (Arsenal) game means I will stay.”

Swansea’s comeback win over Arsenal saw them record back-to-back league wins for the first time this season.

It also moved them out of the relegation zone for the first time since November 4, and Carlos Carvalhal has now taken 10 points from a possible 15 since he was appointed manager at the end of December.

“We have some changes in our tactics, we are playing three at the back so we can build confidently from the back,” Ki said.

“The new manager is very positive and we have only lost one game since he has been here.

“We all believe we can survive in this league. If you win a couple of games you can go to 10th position.

“But there are a lot of teams fighting.

“We have beaten Liverpool and Arsenal but it does not change anything. We have to focus.”

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