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 By Reuters

Ki Sung-Yueng staying in Premier League with Newcastle

It was no coincidence that Swansea's form dipped while Ki Sung-yeung was away on national team duty at the AFC Asian Cup.

Newcastle United have signed South Korea midfielder Ki Sung-Yueng on a two-year-deal, the Premier League club said on Friday.

Ki, who captained his side at this year's World Cup but missed South Korea's historic win over Germany earlier this week, joined Swansea City in 2012 and scored 12 goals in more than 160 appearances for the Welsh side.

The 29-year-old left Swansea following their relegation to the Championship last season after an 18th-placed league finish.

"He is a player with lots of Premier League and international experience and it was an easy decision to bring him here," manager Rafa Benitez told the Newcastle's website.

Ki played for South Korea against Sweden and Mexico at the World Cup in Russia but was ruled out of the final Group F match against Germany with a calf injury.

"I was always pleasantly surprised when I came to St. James' Park to play against Newcastle -- there is a great atmosphere and the passion from the fans is a great support to the players," Ki said.

"Everyone knows how big this club is so I'm really looking forward to playing with my teammates and for the fans," he added.

The 29-year-old will officially join Newcastle on July 1 and his arrival follows that of goalkeeper Martin Dubravka, who sealed a permanent move to the Magpies after a six-month loan spell last season.

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