Ki Sung-yueng has sent a parting message to Newcastle fans following an announcement this afternoon that we have terminated his contract by mutual consent.
The former Swansea star says it was a ‘great honour’ to play for the club, but admits it was a ‘pity’ he could not perform better during his 18-month stint at St James’ Park.
Here’s what he’s had to say to NUFC.co.uk after the club confirmed his release this afternoon:
“I am always grateful for our fans’ support.
“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.”
Ki hasn’t played since September and has only managed one start all season – which came in our 3-1 defeat to Norwich back in August last year.
Here’s the statement released by the club following his sudden release:
Newcastle United can confirm that midfielder Ki Sung-yueng has left St. James’ Park by mutual consent.
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.
Newcastle United thank Ki for his service and wish him well for the future.
A decision that suits all parties – allowing us to save on wages and create an extra space in the squad, while giving Ki himself the chance to find a new club and start playing regularly again.
Good luck, Ki!