Park Ji-sung Hopes Knee Permits Final Season with PSV

Park Ji-sung Park Ji-sung

Park Ji-sung said he hopes to spend one more season with PSV Eindhoven during a recent interview with a Dutch daily.

The player talked about his special relationship with the club, where he began his career in Europe and to which he later returned. He said he still has a few goals to accomplish with the team.

Park spent three years with the club after transferring from Kyoto Purple Sanga in Japan in January 2003. He left to join Manchester United in the English Premier League in July 2005 and moved to Queen's Park Rangers in 2012. The creative midfielder and striker returned to PSV on loan in 2013. His contract with QPR ends in June next year.

For its part, PSV has said it is happy to extend its contract with Park for another season. The club dropped to 10th in the league at the end of last year while Park was out of action for two months due to a foot injury, but recently climbed back to third place thanks to Park's outstanding performances. He has scored two goals and five assists in 23 appearances this season.

The major concern is Park's knee. He went to the U.S. to have an operation on his right knee joint in 2007, but may still have to retire after this season ends as it has been permanently weakened. The Dutch press reported last month that it could prove the decisive factor in whether PSV opts for the loan extension.

Park said he can manage the pain as he has learned how to live with it, adding that he will have no problem playing if he has a break for two to three days after each game.

Park said a rest of four to five weeks over the summer will stand him in good stead for next season.

englishnews@chosun.com / Apr. 01, 2014 10:37 KST