Ki Sung-yueng has revealed today the negotiations to bring him to Newcastle lasted only 48 hours once he was finished the World Cup in Russia captaining South Korea.
He seems to have decided very quickly to sign on for Newcastle and only arrived on Tyneside on Thursday of this week – straight from Russia – so Newcastle wasted no time.
Maybe it was after one short conversation with Rafa Benitez, who has excellent persuasive powers when trying to sign players.
Rafa only came back to Newcastle on Wednesday and his meeting with Lee Charnley that afternoon was at least in part to discuss signing Ki.
Ki Sung-yueng being interviewed for nufcTV
The South Korean says it was an easy decision to join Newcastle yesterday.
This is some of what Ki has told nufcTV and he speaks perfect English:
“I came yesterday (Thursday) and I am really thankful to the club for giving me the opportunity to play for such a great club.”
“I’m really looking forward to it.”
“There was no hesitation once I had the first offer from the club.”
“It was a very quick decision to make because I know this club has ambition.”
“Everybody knows how big this club is.”
“I am really looking forward to playing with my team-mates and for the fans.”
“I had a little injury against Mexico in the second game so I couldn’t play against Germany.”
“But it was a great memory for myself as a player to play at the World Cup.”
“It was the third World Cup of my career.” “I was captain too.”
“Sometimes there is stress as captain but we finished well and I was satisfied with the result (vs Germany) and the World Cup.”
Ki is cool, relaxed and calm in his interview – a must-see for Newcastle fans – he seems a lovely lad – as my mother would say.
Ki missed out on probably South Korea’s best ever result when they scored two goals in stoppage time to knock out Germany.
You cannot get much better than that with Germany the reigning World Cup holders and current number one in the FIFA rankings.
This World Cup is really something!