FORMER Celtic midfielder Ki Sung-Yueng is on the look-out for a new club after being released by Newcastle.

The South Korean international is up for grabs after his contract was scrapped by mutual consent.

Ki’s deal was due to expire at the end of the season, but he is now a free agent after making a total of 23 appearances – only four this season – for the club he joined from Swansea in July 2018.

The 31-year-old classy middle-of-the-park performer was a massive favourite with the Hoops faithful before he moved in a £6million switch to the Welsh outfit in 2012.

His last Premier League appearance came in a 5-0 defeat at Leicester City in September.

Ki, speaking to nufc.co.uk, said: “‘I am always grateful for our fans’ support. It was great honour and happiness of mine to play for such a great club as Newcastle United.

“I will never forget the time with Newcastle fans. It is a pity that I could not do better, but sometimes in football, there are things I could not overcome.

“Thanks a lot to everybody and so long.”

Ki had been linked with a dramatic return to Parkhead in the January transfer window, but the move never materialised and there is now likely to be a stampede for his talents.


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