x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

'Intelligent' Park Ji-sung is to become one of Man Utd's highest earners

Manchester United are to reward Park Ji-sung with a contract extension that will make him one of the club's highest-paid players.

Manchester United are to reward Park Ji-sung with a contract extension that will make him one of the club's highest-paid players.

Considered by Sir Alex Ferguson, the manager, to be United's most tactically intelligent footballer, Park is expected to sign a deal this week that will see his income increase significantly.

The South Korean's new contract, which includes a substantial amount of image rights related to his huge commercial value in Asia, will initially run until 2013.

It also includes an option to extend for a further season should Park play a certain number of first-team matches.

Signed from PSV Eindhoven for £4 million (Dh24m) in the summer of 2005, Park is widely regarded as the best player to emerge from Asian football.

A number of leading clubs had made inquiries about taking him away from Old Trafford this summer as his existing contract ran down to its final year, with AC Milan and Tottenham Hotspur the most prominent among his suitors.

Park's desire, however, was always to extend his stay at United where he has already won four Premier League titles, three League Cups, the Champions League and the Club World Cup.

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