Ki Sung-yueng to Return to K-League After Decade in Europe

  • By Sung Jin-hyuk

    July 20, 2020 10:55

    Footballer Ki Sung-yueng looks set to rejoin his old club FC Seoul after spending 11 years in Europe. Ki left FC Seoul in 2009 to join Celtic FC in the Scottish Premiership.

    The medical test on Monday will be the last thing he has to go through before an official announcement is made, according to FC Seoul on Sunday.

    Ki Sung-yueng

    Ki initially attempted to come back to the K-League when he became a free agent after ending his contract with Newcastle United in the English Premier League in February this year.

    He negotiated with FC Seoul and Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, but was unable to strike a deal with either club.

    When he left for Europe his transfer contract included a provision requiring Ki to rejoin the Seoul club upon his return home, or pay it a penalty of W2.6 billion (US$1=W1,205).

    Disappointed, Ki signed a four-month contract with RCD Mallorca in Spain at the end of February, and played the final 10 minutes against Eibar on March 7. But Spain's La Liga soon came to a complete stop after the outbreak of COVID-19. When it resumed on June 11, his contract was only three weeks from expiring, and he could not play in any games due to an ankle injury. He gave up on the prospect of renewing his contract, returned to Korea on June 25 and entered fresh talks with FC Seoul.

    Ki joined FC Seoul in 2006 and made his first team debut the following year. He soon established himself as a central midfielder. He joined Celtic in 2009, then played in the EPL from 2012 with Swansea City, Sunderland and Newcastle, before moving to La Liga.

    FC Seoul is struggling in 10th place out of 12 this season, so Ki is surely a welcome addition to the squad.

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