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Carvalhal happy to hold off on Ki's contract talks until the summer


Carlos Carvalhal is relaxed about Ki Sung-yueng's contract situation ahead of Swansea's FA Cup fifth-round replay against Sheffield Wednesday.

South Korea captain Ki, who has been an influential figure in Swansea's revival under Carvalhal, is out of contract this summer and has been linked with AC Milan.

Swansea have held initial talks with the 29-year-old midfielder about extending his stay. But both parties have agreed to put negotiations on hold until the end of the season.

"The situation with Ki is very clear," Carvalhal said at his press conference ahead of tonight's Liberty Stadium replay against his former club. "I spoke to him when he was injured and we agreed with each other. He promised he would give everything for the rest of the season to try to help the team stay in the Premier League. That is what I know about Ki.

"After this, it is the end of his contract and it is a different situation.

"But what is important is I have the player until the end of the season.

"He is a very high quality man, not just a player but a high quality man, and I like him a lot."

Carvalhal has been boosted by the return of veteran midfielder Leon Britton, who has not played for four months, but Andre Ayew and Andy King are cup-tied.

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