Ki Sung-Yeung moves to Spain

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Ki Sung-Yeung agreed to cancel his contract with Newcastle United and to become a free agent, meaning he was available for a new club during or after the transfer window. 

Move to Mallorca 

When Ki decided to cancel his contract with Newcastle, there were reports of a host of clubs being interested in securing his services, and there was no surprise this was the case. Ki is a highly experienced player, with 110 caps for South Korea - many of them coming as captain. He has also played key roles for both Celtic and Swansea while playing in the U.K.

When signed Rafa Benitez for Newcastle on a free transfer from Swansea, he was the type of player that looked to be categorised as coming in to do a job, or fill gaps in the team when need be. He did win his place in the first team for a while, but he couldn't win that back after going to the Asian Cup with South Korea and coming back injured.

When Ki decided to leave Newcastle, there were lots of reports that there was interest from FC Seoul, and Daegu in the K-League, Japanese sides and Middle Eastern teams. However, news filtered through that moves back to Ki's homeland had broken down, and now Spanish sides were interested in signing him.

It turned out, that he had selected to sign for Mallorca on a short term contract. This could be an ideal situation because the interest in Asia won't go away for a high profile player like Ki.

Therefore if he does well at Mallorca, he could either stay there, move to another Spanish side, or move back to Asia. That is once the short term contract is done and dusted on June 30th.

Suited to Spanish football  

Ki is the type of player who could be suited very well to football in Spain. A league where keeping the ball ticking over is more highly rated than hoofball, or 'playing percentages'.

Ever since Steve Bruce became manager at Newcastle, they have had the football for the least amount of time out of every team in the league. This is something that isn't going to change, and Ki is the type of player who needs possession play well.

What he isn't, is a player busting a gut bombing up and down the field, hoofing players around the pitch, to lob the ball 30 yards forward. Steve Bruce's offensive football and Ki were never going to be a good match up.

Now he has a chance to shine in Spain, where possession football is king, over Brucey hoofball. If it doesn't work out, there are always teams in Asia ready to bring him 'home' too. 

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