Newcastle United have completed the signing of Korea Republic captain Ki Sung-yueng, who will join his new club on 1st July after his contract expires at Swansea City.
According to the official Newcastle United website, Korean midfielder 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.”
Ki said: “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.”
Ki began his professional career with FC Seoul and after that he moved to Celtic and won Scottish Premiership title shortly before a move to the Premier League with Swansea City in August 2012.
Ki played in South Korea’s opening two World Cup matches against Sweden and Mexico, but he was left on the bench for their exciting victory against last World Cup winners Germany.