Newcastle United have announced that they have mutually parted ways with former South-Korean International Ki Sung-yeung.
In a statement released by the club the move to release the midfielder was confirmed. This move seemed likely as Newcastle were struggling to sell Ki, who only made 4 appearances this year.
The club’s statement on the matter is as follows:
The 31-year-old former Korea Republic international’s contract was due to expire in the summer, but his last Premier League appearance came in a 5-0 defeat at Leicester City in September and the player and club have now come to a joint agreement which sees him depart with immediate effect.
He signed for the Magpies after his contract with Swansea City expired in July 2018, and made 23 appearances in all competitions. However, only four of them came this season.
Ki had words of his own, saying that he wished he could have given more to the club and praising the fans for supporting him.
Ki’s comments are below.
“It was great honour and happiness of mine to play for such a great club as Newcastle United.
I never forget the time with Newcastle Fans. It is a pity that I could not do better but sometimes in football, there are things I could not overcome.
Thanks a lot to everybody and so long.”
This season has been tough for Ki as he struggled to stay healthy early on and his role as a backup midfielder has been assumed by Matty Longstaff, who is a younger, cheaper alternative.
I doubt Ki is done with football, but I would be surprised if he does not returned to Korea to finish his career surrounded by friends and family.
Ki’s open slot will presumably be filled by Newcastle loan signing Danny Rose.
From all of us here at Coming Home Newcastle, we wish Ki the best of luck in his future endeavors. His good attitude will certainly be missed here, and he surely is leaving having made a positive impact for the club.