Swansea City manager Garry Monk has conceded that Ki Sung-yueng will be missed when he joins his South Korea team-mates at the AFC Asian Cup in January.
Ki has been an important presence in the midfield for Swansea this season, up to and including his efforts against Hull this weekend.
Monk said: "I spoke to him [Ki] a lot through the summer. He wasn't used in previous seasons, that was his concern.
"I knew exactly what kind of player Ki is and what I want him to do. I've worked closely with him, on understanding what I want from him.
"He's a big player, we will miss him in January but again there's other players who can step in. Tom [Carroll] was a tactical change [and] he did very well."
Monk added: "I talked to him about the kind of football I wanted him to play, what I believe he can offer us and what I can do for him and he bought into that. He signed a new contract and was happy and you see that in his performances."