Park seen favoring the move to Man UnitedPSV Eindhoven’s midfielder Park Ji-sung, 24, seems to want to go through with a transfer to Manchester United but may encounter opposition from team manager Guus Hiddink. The Dutchman helped Korea advance to the semifinals during the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup and brought Park and Lee Young-pyo to PSV Eindhoven after the World Cup ended. Mr. Hiddink is expected to want Park to remain there.
Watching a game between Korea and Switzerland yesterday during the FIFA World Youth Championship in the Netherlands, Mr. Hiddink said he believed that Park and his father, Park Sung-jong, have decided to stay with PSV Eindhoven.
In an interview yesterday, however, the father said that his son is already leaning toward the English soccer team and that a decision would be made this week. “If a mid-or-low level team in the Premier League had made an offer to Ji-sung, he would have refused it,” the elder Mr. Park said. “But Ji-sung thinks that even if he could not become a major player on the team, it is worth the challenge.
“It is difficult for Ji-sung to tell Mr. Hiddink that he is leaving because without him, Ji-sung would not have gotten to his current position,” his father said.
PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United and FS Corp., Park’s agency, are discussing the possible transfer.
by Hur Jin-seok