“I’m contemplating whether to go out this winter or summer.”
Cho Kyu-seong (25, Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors) is receiving love calls from more than 3 overseas teams. On the 12th, he attended the Media Day held at the Hyundai Clubhouse in Jeonbuk, Bongdong-eup, Wanju-gun, Jeollabuk-do, and his expression was full of worries.
Cho Kyu-sung emerged as a ‘World Cup star’ by scoring 2 goals with just a header in 3 minutes against Ghana at the Qatar World Cup last November. Social media Instagram followers jumped from 40,000 to 2.93 million. Overseas teams are scrambling to recruit.
Clubs that want to sign Cho Kyu-seong, who has a contract with Jeonbuk until 2025, must pay the transfer fee. When Mainz 05 (Germany) set a transfer fee of 2.5 million pounds (3.7 billion won), Celtic FC (Scotland) raised the transfer fee by 1.2 billion won from 3.3 billion won to 3 million pounds (4.5 billion won). Italy reporter Fabrizio Romano said, “Celtic added a ‘sell on’ clause that gives an additional 50% of the transfer fee if Cho Kyu-seong later transfers to another team in addition to the transfer fee of 4 billion won.” However, the maximum transfer fee Jeonbuk can receive is 8 billion won.
Minnesota United (USA) offered a transfer fee of more than 5 million dollars (6.2 billion won) and even green cards (permanent residency) for family members. In addition, Rangers of Scotland and Ferencvaros of Hungary showed interest.
Cho Kyu-seong said, “I read many articles, but I haven’t decided on a specific plan yet. We are communicating through an agent” and “Jeonbuk Hyundai technical director Park Ji-seong (from Manchester United) told me, ‘I respect individual choices, but it would be nice to prepare better in the summer (when European teams prepare for the new season).’ I am thinking about whether I will be competitive if I go out on the cold European stage now.” Lee Dong-jun, who played for Ulsan Hyundai, moved to Hertha Berlin in Germany in the winter transfer market in January 2022, but returned to Jeonbuk after struggling with injuries and competition for the starting position. 바카라사이트
However, there is no guarantee that you will be able to go in the summer if you do not go out now that the stock price has skyrocketed through the World Cup. Cho Kyu-seong said, “Any player will have the same desire to go out when a good opportunity comes. In the summer, my price may drop or my physical condition may deteriorate,” he said. “If I ask my colleagues who have experience in Europe, some say, ‘It’s better to go out now,’ and some players say, ‘It’s better to prepare well and go in the summer.’ . Lee Jae-seong, who plays for Mainz, also talks about how much the club wants. In the end, I think I have to make the choice.”
Regarding the soaring transfer fee, Cho Kyu-seong said, “I think the amount of the transfer fee is also important. Because I can see how much the team wants me.” Regarding the league he prefers, Kyu-seong Cho said, “I think the final goal is set. Not just me, any player would want to go to the English Premier League. They want me to go to the EPL stage, and I will think about which team I can play more.”
Jeonbuk manager Kim Sang-sik said, “As a manager, I want to contribute to Jeonbuk and go out in the summer. But I can’t just take care of my greed, so I’m communicating with the team to find a time when the player can succeed. I congratulated myself for scoring two goals against Ghana, but I also watched it with trepidation.” As the European winter transfer market closes at the end of January, Cho Kyu-seong said, “I will decide (either stay or transfer) as soon as possible.”
After the World Cup, Cho Kyu-seong appeared on TV entertainment programs and showed off his six-pack abs in a fashion magazine photo shoot. He also participated in the New Year’s Bosingak bell ringing event. Cho Kyu-seong said, “The photo shoot, an experience that can only be done now, is the most memorable. The exercise was steady. ‘Let’s make this year better than last year’ is the goal for 2023,” he said.