Official Newcastle United statement – Second summer signing now confirmed!
Ki Sung-yueng is now a Newcastle United player.
The South Korean international confirmed as Newcastle’s second signing of the summer.
The midfielder signed on a free transfer.
Newcastle United official statement:
Newcastle United have completed the signing of Korea Republic captain Ki Sung-yueng.
The midfielder will join the club on July 1st after his contract expires at Swansea City, subject to receiving the appropriate visa.
The 29-year-old has signed an initial two-year deal and he becomes the Magpies’ second signing of the summer following the permanent arrival of Martin Dúbravka.
Manager Rafa Benítez said:
“I’m pleased to welcome Ki to the club. He is a player with lots of Premier League and international experience and it was an easy decision to bring him here.
“He is the captain of his country, a good character and he will be a good addition to the squad.”
“I’m so pleased I can join the club. I was always pleasantly surprised when I came to St. James’ Park to play against Newcastle – there is a great atmosphere and the passion from the fans is a great support to the players.
“Everyone knows how big this club is so I’m really looking forward to playing with my teammates and for the fans.”
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) June 29, 2018
Born in Gwangju and educated in Australia, Ki began his professional career with FC Seoul, where his performances attracted the attention of a host of overseas clubs.
He moved to Celtic during the winter of the 2009/10 season and would spend just over two-and-a-half years in Glasgow, culminating in a Scottish Premiership title shortly before a move to the Premier League with Swansea City in August 2012.
No stranger to the North East, Ki joined Sunderland on a season-long loan in August 2013 and helped the Black Cats to avoid relegation before returning to the Liberty Stadium.
Now Korea Republic captain, Ki has amassed 104 international caps – the tenth highest in the country’s history – and has scored ten goals for the Taegeuk Warriors.
The Mag – Earlier today (Friday 29 June 2018):
Newcastle United are set to announce the signing of Ki Sung-yueng.
He will be the second signing of the season after Martin Dubravka made his move permanent in May.
The midfielder has completed his medical and the Chronicle have revealed he is expected to be officially confirmed shortly.
Ki Sung-yueng left Swansea in May and is available on a free transfer.
The 29 year old made 25 appearances last season as Swansea were relegated, scoring two goals.
He has made over 160 appearances in the Premier League at Swansea and on loan at Sunderland, so obviously no mug.
However, this isn’t exactly a signing to raise hopes of better times ahead for Newcastle United.
Surely more of a squad signing with the likes of Diame and Shelvey doing well in centre midfield.
With Mikel Merino set to leave for around £10.5m this could well be centre midfield cover on the cheap to replace the Spaniard.
Ki Sung-yueng was part of the South Korean squad out in Russia this month for the World Cup.
Knocked out of the competition before the knockout stages, the midfielder started the two defeats against Sweden and Mexico.
In terms of creativity/goalscoring, his PL record reads:
2017/18 – Two goals and two assists
2016/17 – Zero goals and one assist
2015/16 – Two goals and one assist
2014/15 – Eight goals and one assist
2013/14 – Three goals and one assist
2012/13 – No goals and one assist
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