Swansea's Asian tour in question
By Football News
Swansea's planned pre-season trip to Asia is in doubt due to tensions between North and South Korea.
The Welsh club had planned on visiting Seoul in the off-season with a view to expanding their fan-base in Asia, and already boast South Korea international Ki Sung-Yueng among their ranks.
However, concerns over the worsening political situation in the region means the full trip may not go ahead, according to manager Michael Laudrup.
"Of course, things like this could have an impact on our plans," he told the Daily Mail.
"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.
"We have to see what will happen with the political aspect."
Laudrup has said he will allow midfielder Ki time to visit his home 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 said.
"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."
Swansea's next English Premier League match is away to Norwich City on Saturday.