Defensive midfielder Park Yong-woo, who made his national team debut with Klinsmann Ho, has left K League Ulsan to join UAE powerhouse Al Ain.
Al Ain announced on the club’s social media, “Park Yong-woo has passed the medical test and agreed to all the necessary details of the contract. Park Yong-woo will join the training camp in Spain on the 18th,” the club announced.
“We would like to express our deepest gratitude to Ulsan for their professional and polished behavior during the negotiations. We would like to emphasize once again the strong relationship between the two clubs.”
Details of Park’s contract were not disclosed, but local media reported that the transfer fee was in the region of 3 billion won.
Park Yong-woo’s transfer to Al Ain was first reported by UAE media on July 7.
Following reports that Al Ain was close to signing Park Yong-woo, the Ulsan club also admitted that they had received an offer from Al Ain for the player.
Park Yong-woo’s transfer was finalized after he passed a medical against Pohang on August 8, and the move was confirmed on the same day with the final signing of the contract.
Born in 1993, Park Yong-woo is a defensive midfielder who made his professional debut in 2015 with FC Seoul. 메이저사이트추천
He moved to Ulsan in 2017 before joining Sangmu in 2020, completing his military service and returning to Ulsan in 2021.
He has played 232 games in the K League, scoring eight goals and providing four assists.
Park, who also participated in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, playing two group stage matches and the quarterfinals, was called up to the A team in June by head coach Jürgen Klinsmann.
He made his A-Match debut on June 16 against Peru, coming on as a 27th-minute substitute for Won Doo-jae, and earned his first start on June 20 against El Salvador.
Park Yong-woo was involved in a controversial “racist social media” incident shortly before his A-Match call-up in June, which resulted in a 15 million won fine and a one-match suspension from the Korean Football Association.
Al Ain, meanwhile, is a powerhouse in the UAE Pro League, where Lee Myung-joo and Lee Ho have played.
Al Ain, which finished second in the UAE Pro League last season, has won 14 regular season titles since its inception in 1968.
They have also won the Asian Champions League once, in 2003.