Ki impressed with Swansea's style

  • Last Updated: August 31 2012, 13:43 BST

Ki Sung-yueng is looking forward to being part of Swansea's "lovely football" as he prepares for his Premier League debut against Sunderland on Saturday.

Ki Sung-yueng: Gearing up for Premier League debut

The 23-year-old South Korea midfielder sealed his switch from Celtic last week, and made a solid debut in the midweek Capital One Cup success over Barnsley.

He is now set for a maiden appearance in the English top-flight against the Black Cats at the Liberty Stadium, as Swansea go in search of a third-consecutive league win after making an encouraging start to life under Michael Laudrup.

And Ki cannot wait to get involved, having been impressed by Swansea's passing style when Celtic faced the Welsh club in a friendly last summer.

He said: "I played against Swansea in a friendly last season and I was very impressed by the style of football they played and they did very well last season, so the main reason I came here is the lovely football they play.

"The way they keep the ball, it's the way I try to play football and that's the main reason I came.

"Michael was a big attraction for me, and it was always my target to play in the Premier League since I was young. Michael was one of the best players in the world so I want to learn a lot from him."

Ki may have to settle for a bench role on Saturday, with the triumvirate of Jonathan de Guzman, Leon Britton and Michu having impressed.

And the Olympic bronze medallist accepts that it will take him time to settle at his new club.

"I know I will need some time to adapt to my new team, they have done very well in the first two games and they are looking for another win this weekend," he said.

"I am not sure I will start, but it does not matter if I get a chance I have to make sure I am in the team as quickly as possible and I am confident I can fit into this team."

Ki began training with the Swans after a two-week lay-off following South Korea's victory over Japan to claim the Olympic bronze.

An added bonus of that success is that members of the squad are no longer required to complete their two-year military service, instead just doing four weeks of training.

And Ki, who agreed a three-year deal at the Liberty Stadium, admits the success will allow him to prolong his career in Europe.

"Every man has to go to the military for two years but if you get a medal at the Olympics you go for just four weeks," he said.

"If I did not win bronze I would have to go back in four years, now I can play for 10 years.

"It's not that hard but you don't get freedom, it does not mean I don't want to go but because I did well in the Olympics I have contributed to my country as a footballer and if I do well in Europe it gives people hope.

"I was thinking I would go back to Korea, got to do my military service for two years, join a Korean club and then retire and now I can change my plan.

"It was not a big problem for me as everyone has to go but this is a bonus, but I will go back to Korea one day to play."