June 29, 2018 / 6:58 PM / 10 months ago

Newcastle sign South Korean midfielder Ki

Soccer Football - World Cup - South Korea Press Conference - Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia - June 17, 2018 South Korea's Ki Sung-yueng during the press conference REUTERS/Carlos Barria

(Reuters) - Newcastle United have signed South Korean former Swansea City midfielder Ki Sung-yueng on a two-year-deal, the Premier League club said on Friday.

Ki, who captained his side at this year’s World Cup but missed South Korea’s historic win over Germany earlier this week, joined Swansea in 2012 and scored 12 goals in more than 160 appearances for the Welsh side.

The 29-year-old left Premier League club Swansea following their relegation to the Championship last season after an 18th-placed league finish.

“He is a player with lots of Premier League and international experience and it was an easy decision to bring him here,” manager Rafa Benitez told the Newcastle’s website.

Ki played for South Korea against Sweden and Mexico at the World Cup in Russia but was ruled out of the final Group F match against Germany due to a calf injury.

“I was always pleasantly surprised when I came to St. James’ Park to play against Newcastle – there is a great atmosphere and the passion from the fans is a great support to the players,” Ki said.

“Everyone knows how big this club is so I’m really looking forward to playing with my teammates and for the fans,” he added.

The 29-year-old will officially join Newcastle on July 1 and his arrival follows that of goalkeeper Martin Dubravka, who sealed a permanent move to the Magpies after a six-month loan spell last season.

Reporting by Arjun Panchadar in Bengaluru; Editing by Toby Chopra

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