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Who's saying Korean ace is selling T-shirts now?

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Manchester United's Park Ji Sung is about to pledge his loyalty to Alex Ferguson, as he gets ready to sign a new contract that was placed on the table last week.

The Korean attacking midfielder is set to sign a two year extension deal to stay at Old Trafford, and said that he never considered playing for any other team.

Park said: "I have never been thinking about leaving the club. My mind was always on staying here at United. We have had some early conversations and hopefully, before the season, we will get everything sorted out.

"Everyone would love to play for a club like Manchester United and it’s not often that players want to leave."

The 30-year-old is also ready to take on any newcomers arriving at Old Trafford, as Ashley Young arrives from Aston Villa, and Ferguson continues his hunt for big talent to replace Paul Scholes, who retired at the end of last season.

"As a United player, you know everyone has to fight for places, particularly in the wing positions because of the manager’s rotation. But everyone gets the opportunity to play and, when you get that opportunity, you have to show you deserve to play more," Park continued.

"We have signed new players and they have to get together quickly with the rest of the team, and I’m pretty sure we will be able to do better than last season."


 

Park arrived at United after three years at Dutch side PSV Eindhoven in 2005 and has since won three League Cups, the UEFA Champions league and four Barclays Premier League titles with the club.

He said: "At first, some said I was selling T-shirts. It didn't hurt. It was my first year and maybe they thought an Asian player could not perform in European football. I proved it was the wrong thing to think and I am delighted with that. I have proved I can play in European football.

"More Korean players will come here," he added. "There are Korean players who have the talent to play in Europe. Hopefully they can come over to play and show how much Asian football has improved."

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