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Ex-Manchester United star considering retirement

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Park has impressed since coming to England  (©GettyImages)
Park has impressed since coming to England (©GettyImages).

Former Manchester United star Ji-Sung Park may look to retire at the end of the season, after his father gave an interview to South Korean newspaper Sports Chosun.

It’s been a difficult season for Park, who left Manchester United to join QPR in the summer due to a lack of first team opportunities at Old Trafford. Initially under Mark Hughes, he captained the Hoops but his best form has deserted him leading to only 12 league starts.

However, according to his father, Park now looks set for an early retirement. 

His father told Sports Chosun that: "My son has had difficult times at QPR this season; it was a new experience to him.  

"He's never had times like this with PSV Eindhoven or Manchester United.

"Nobody knows the future; maybe he could play one more year with a new team after next season. But I think [Ji-Sung] has made his mind up to retire."

Park has picked up silverware throughout his 14-year career including two Eredivisie titles at PSV before picking up four Premier League titles at Old Trafford where he became something of a cult hero amongst supporters but missed out on a place on the bench for the 2008 Champions League final victory.

Park retired from the South Korean national team in 2011 having picked up 100 caps including having played in the 2002, 2006 and 2010 World Cup and there have been calls for him to return to the domestic K-League but that is something his father does not envisage happening.

His father continued by saying: "He won't play in the K-League. He wants Korean football to be popular but he wouldn't be able to perform well.

"He thinks he's played enough."

Park is only 32 and it would be a shame if he were to call it a day so young but he has had the added strain of long flights to and from representing his country as well as long standing, managed knee injury that may be starting to affect him more.

I’ll always try and remember him as a man for the big occasion, when a big game came round Park would be first name on the team sheet and he put in some memorable performances, as well as scoring some important goals.

The night he man marked Pirlo against AC Milan and his involvement for the breakaway third goal against Arsenal in the Champions League semi-final second leg at the Emirates will be the abiding memories of a player that lived on the fine line of ‘being everywhere’ and ‘being all over the place’.

No matter if or when he retires there’ll always be a chorus of ‘Park, Park, wherever you may be’ flying round the Stretford End.

 

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