Volleyball Star Kim Yeon-koung to Move to Chinese League

  • By Kim Seung-jae

    May 31, 2017 10:56

    Kim Yeon-koung

    Volleyball star Kim Yeon-koung will move to the Chinese league after six seasons with Fenerbahçe in Turkey.

    Kim's agency Inspokorea said Tuesday that Kim has signed a one-year deal with Shanghai Guohua Life.

    "The details of the contract cannot be disclosed, but her salary will be similar to what she made with Fenerbahçe," said Inspokorea.

    Kim's salary has never been revealed, but it is reported that she is the highest paid volleyball player in the world among both men and women at around 1.2 million euros, or W1.5 billion.

    After her contract with Fenerbahçe ran out at the end of the 2016-17 season, in which she led the team to the Turkish league champion title, Kim has been receiving offers from clubs in China, Japan and Turkey for the past four months. Kim chose China because of a "less heavy league schedule and proximity to Korea."

    "I was very happy in Turkey with Fenerbahçe thanks to great support from the team and fans," Kim said. "Now, I would like to experience a new league."

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