Celtic midfielder Ki-Sung Yeung has been heavily linked with moves away from the club this season, but what do we know about him? Here are 5 facts about the Premier League transfer target.
1. Born in Gwanju, South Korea in 1989; as a talented youngster Ki was sent to Australia as an opportunity to learn English and play football at a good level, attending John Paul College in Brisbane helping the institution win the Under-15 national cup in 2004.
2. After developing his English Ki moved back to his homeland to play professional football with FC Seoul making his senior debut in 2007 and becoming a key starter in 2008 in the heart of the capital clubs midfield becoming known as the ‘Korean Steven Gerrard’.
3. After interest from PSV, Hamburg and Porto the Korean decided to move to Scotland with Celtic in 2009 where there would be no language barrier. With his incredible range of passing and superb set piece ability he soon became a key player for the Glasgow side scoring some sublime goals in the last 3 years.
4. A regular through South Korea’s various international age groups he has made 45 caps for the Taegeuk Warriors since making his debut in 2008 against Jordan, scoring 5 goals so far.
5. After impressive performances in his countries Olympic campaign interest in the creative midfield player has heightened with QPR, Liverpool and Fulham reported to be keen. However Premier League clubs face a challenge to sign him after he announced his dream was to play in La Liga.
Here is Ki scoring a screamer against Senegal in an Olympic warm-up match ...
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