Cho Kyu-seong (25, Jeonbuk Hyundai), who has been trying to advance into Europe, has decided to stay. Around the 13th, he informed his acquaintances, including his national teammates, of his intention to ‘stay for now’.
With most European soccer winter transfer markets ending at the end of this month, Cho Kyu-seong is expected to renegotiate his salary with Jeonbuk, unless there are decisive variables such as big league and big club proposals. On the 15th (Korean time), a British media reported that English Premier League (EPL) clubs such as Leeds United, Everton, and Southampton “got a chance to sign,” but Cho Kyu-seong, who played in 20 A-matches (6 goals) has not met the criteria for issuing a ‘work permit’ required for entry into the EPL. In addition, the Spanish Primera Liga has very limited non-European quotas, making it difficult to transfer.
For Cho Kyu-sung, the last two weeks were a time of concern. While Mainz (Germany), Celtic (Scotland), and Minnesota United (USA) delivered ‘official proposals’ to Jeonbuk, Kyu-Sung Cho was most attracted to Mainz, which entered the scout competition before Christmas last year. Mainz, which offered a basic transfer fee of 3.3 million euros (approximately KRW 4.44 billion), a 50% sell-on (a certain portion of the transfer fee that will occur when re-transferring) and additional options, was so much that manager Bo Svensson personally went to a meeting with Cho Kyu-sung. was active먹튀검증
Celtic also offered 3 million euros (approximately 4.04 billion won), 50% of Cell On, and Minnesota also offered 5 million dollars (approximately 6.21 billion won, estimated), but Cho Kyu-seong’s heart was ‘either transfer to Mainz or stay’. Accordingly, Jeonbuk negotiated with Mainz through technical director Park Ji-sung.
However, Jeonbuk placed more weight on ‘accompanying’. From the club’s point of view, it was not an easy choice to say goodbye to the top scorer who scored multiple goals in a single game for the first time in Korean football history in the 2022 Qatar World Cup group stage match against Ghana (2-3 loss to Korea). It is Cho Kyu-seong who joined Jeonbuk in January 2020, but due to his military service, the accompanying period is less than a year and a half. Moreover, it was difficult to immediately give up on a star with 3 million social media followers.
I couldn’t help but consider the practical reasons here. There was a lot of advice from people around me saying that a ‘summer transfer’ that can be prepared from the preseason is better than a ‘winter transfer’ that seeks immediate power. Director Park, who has been in constant communication with Cho Kyu-sung, also emphasized this point.
Now Cho Kyu-seong was given another homework. To maintain the interest of big league clubs as much as Mainz, it is necessary to show the best performance in the future K-League 1 (division 1). In addition, the national team under the new head coach system, which will be appointed in February, must prove its skills at the level of the Qatar World Cup. It is also very important to maintain an ‘unbreakable mind’ toward ‘big water’.