Gus Poyet is optimistic on Sunderland's chances of securing the permanent services of Ki Sung-Yueng and believes the player's happiness at the club can have a big baring on his future.
The Korean has been a consistently good performer in the Sunderland midfield, but is probably only here due to a spat with former Swansea manager Michael Laudrup, who was sacked last week.
That has muddied what was started to look like slightly clearer waters, but Poyet isn't unduly concerned. He told the Sunderland Echo:
I think the important thing is how happy Ki feels when he plays for us.
How much he is enjoying his football here?
Being realistic, he is still under contract to Swansea.
Now Swansea have changed their manager and who knows whether whoever comes in will want Ki or not want him.
We will have to manage that situation.
But if you ask me if he is a player I would like to have here, yes I would.
I think it has always been quite simple with Ki. Secure survival, THEN worry about it. It's just not something that can be considered until we know what kind of position we'll be in come the summer.
I personally fancy our chances of both staying up and signing him in the summer, though. Laudrup's sacking doesn't have to be seen to be working against us. The new manager, whoever it may be, will likely want to raise funds to bring his own players in and getting a decent fee for a largely unsettled player with just a year left on his contract would surely appeal.