TEAMtalk are reporting today that Ki Sung-yueng turned down an offer from AC Milan so he could join Newcastle United.
One reason for that seems to be that he was keen to stay in England and keep playing in the Premier League after Swansea were relegated in May.
And the free agent will get that PL football with Newcastle.
But he also said he was always impressed when he visited St, James’ Park by the passion of the Newcastle fans.
Ki Sung-yueng – that’s the new home strip shown above
It was a shock yesterday when our interest in the player surfaced in the press only a few hours before the club announced he had signed.
That’s the way to do transfers, and now Newcastle hopefully will have some momentum in the transfer market.
Rafa will also be able to meet Managing Director Lee Charnley face to face as they go after Rafa’s targets this summer but also sell players who are now surplus to requirements.
This is what Rafa said yesterday about Ki:
“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.”
The 29-year-old himself seemed delighted to be joining a Rafa led Newcastle United:
“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 team-mates and for the fans.”
That’s the new home strip Ki is wearing in the photograph.
Looks nice and clean.