Swansea pre-season Asia tour up in air

The Swans had planned on a summer trip to South Korea in an effort to expand their fan-base, but the tour has been thrown into doubt after recent political developments
Swansea's pre-season trip to Asia is up in the air after the recent developments between North and South Korea have led to a rise in political tension.

The Swans had planned on visiting Seoul this summer with a view to expanding their fan-base in Asia, and already boast South Korean native Ki Sung-Yueng among their ranks.

However, due to the recent escalation in aggressive moves by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, it seems less likely that the full trip will go ahead, with manager Micahel Laudrup insisting that the safety of his players is of paramount importance.

"Of course, things like this could have an impact on our plans," he told the Daily Mail.

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"None of us would go anywhere in the world where there was a chance of danger.

"In situations like this you have to call the Foreign Office and they say, "Okay, if you can avoid it, don't go there", or they tell you it's no problem.

"We have to do that."

"Part of the trip is confirmed, but there is still an issue about the number of games, whether it is two or three. They are still talking," Laudrup added.

"We have to see what will happen with the political aspect."

In the meantime, the Swans boss will allow midfielder Ki time to visit his home country after commitments with the South Korea national team prevented him from visiting his family during the international break.

"I have spoken to Ki and he will probably go and see his family next week," Laudrup added.

"The players who were away with their national teams recently didn't get a break so they will get some days off.

"In his case I think he will use it to see his family, which is quite obvious."