Ki wants more good news for his fans

The Chronicle - - Sport - By LEE RYDER United’s Ki Sung-ye­ung

KI Sung-yueng is ready to grasp his op­por­tu­nity this week­end against AFC Bournemouth.

The South Korea in­ter­na­tional skip­per is likely to step in for Jonjo Shelvey at St James’ Park and he ad­mits he is “game ready” af­ter a frus­trat­ing spell on the side­lines.

Ki has had to be pa­tient with Shelvey and Mo Di­ame get­ting a reg­u­lar run in the side but Shelvey’s in­jury against Wat­ford could pave the way into Rafa Ben­itez’s start­ing XI for the ex-Swansea City man.

When called upon, Ki in­sists he is ready and able. He told the Chron­i­cle: “I’ve been here three months now.

“So I have now set­tled at the club. The good thing is I don’t need to set­tle into the Premier League be­cause I have played here for seven years. It is very com­fort­able for me.

“St James’ Park is a great sta­dium and has great fans, I have al­ways wanted to play for th­ese amaz­ing fans.

“I haven’t had much chance to play but Wat­ford was my op­por­tu­nity. I re­ally en­joyed it.”

Ki’s move­ments since ar­riv­ing on Ty­ne­side have been fol­lowed closely by the South Korean me­dia with the press box at St James’ Park fuller than usual.

It means Ki is get­ting head­lines on both sides of the globe at the mo­ment.

He said: “It de­pends on me. I have to play well and then the fans in Korea, I want them to en­joy more per­for­mances. But it all de­pends on me as I say. I just want to de­liver good news to them – not just to Korea but New­cas­tle as well. Hope­fully we get more wins, start­ing with Bournemouth.”

United’s 1-0 win over Wat­ford re­sulted in a great at­mos­phere at St James’ Park as fans wildly cel­e­brated their first win in five months at the fi­nal whis­tle.

Ki re­flected: “The at­mos­phere here is amaz­ing. I hope the Wat­ford win brought the fans a lot of plea­sure and now we look to bring more wins to the ta­ble.”

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