U-20 Star Inclined to Reject Borussia Dortmund Offer

      July 17, 2013 11:24

      Ryu Seung-woo

      Borussia Dortmund, which finished runner-up in the UEFA Champions' League this year, has reportedly made an offer for young amateur Ryu Seung-woo, who plays as a forward for Korea's Chungang University. Surprisingly, Ryu is said to be reluctant to accept.

      German football magazine Kicker reported on Tuesday that Dortmund has finalized its roster and decided to acquire Ryu, who has risen after he scored two goals in the recent FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey. In response to the reports, Ryu said, "A decision hasn't been made yet, but right now, I don't want to go."

      He said he does not see much point in going to a prestigious club if it means he will not get many opportunities to play in actual games. Dortmund has a raft of big names on its roster in the same position, such as Germany international Marco Reus and Henrik Mkhitaryan, who emerged as the highest-ever scorer in the Ukrainian Premier League last season. Obviously, Ryu fears his fledging talent will be overshadowed by such highly experienced teammates.

      Dortmund is believed to be prepared to pay him a salary of W100 million. As he is an amateur, it can avoid paying a transfer fee, but the club would still have to pay a certain compensatory fee to his university.

      Han Moon-bae, the coach of Suwon High School’s football team who taught Ryu in his younger days, said, "I saw Seung-woo hesitate when the offer from Dortmund came in 10 days ago. I told him that he should quit football if he lacks the guts to go for it. But when I looked at the details of the contract being proposed, I could only oppose the idea of going to Germany because the offer, including the salary, was so underwhelming."

      Another reason why Ryu is hesitating lies in the K-League system. Last year, the Korea Professional Football League introduced a five-year ban in the K-League on rookies who head directly to overseas leagues without going through Korea's draft system. This was aimed at preventing them from recklessly rushing to foreign shores before fully establishing themselves.

      If Ryu fails to settle in at Dortmund and wants to return to Korea in one or two years, he will not be able to play in the K-League because of the five-year rule.

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