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The National (Scotland)
The National (Scotland)
Mark Walker

Yang Hyun-jun concedes he could face lengthy wait for dream Celtic transfer

Celtic target Yang Hyun-jun has reluctantly conceded he may have to wait until the winter to seal his dream move to Parkhead.

And he's vowed to act professionally and not sulk if the move doesn't go through.

Returning Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers wants to sign the 21-year-old winger, but his club Gangwon FC don't want to sell him now because they are embroiled in a relegation battle.

His club are second bottom of the K-League after just two wins in 19 league games and Gungwon view him as too important to sell.

Yang has previously demanded a move immediately and accused the club of breaking their promises after an earlier move to MLS side Minnesota United collapsed last year.

However, he appears to have accepted he may have to stay in South Korea until the next transfer window.

He said: "I will not change my mind about moving to Europe.

"But if I am blocked from making the move in this transfer market,I have to do my best for Gangwon FC and I will.

"I accept this and understand I will act professionally."

It comes after Yang's representatives slammed Gangwon over denying a move to Celtic.

His agents said: "Yang Hyun-Jun's dream is to play in Europe. It's a dream he's had since he started his career as a player.

"A golden opportunity has arrived under very good conditions for him and the club. So he is extremely frustrated the offer has been rejected.

"In the past, when an offer came from Minnesota United, the club's former CEO Lee Young-pyo promised him he would go to Europe when the next offer came in.

"It would be good for the player and Korean football for him to go to Europe. Yang believed those words and returned to his club and worked harder than ever.

"So he is hurt, the club have gone back on their word.

"The offer from Celtic is in the same bracket as what they paid for Oh Hyeon-gyu and is more than Gangwon's combined profits over the past ten years. And it also had a sell-on clause.

"Yang is extremely grateful to everyone at Gangwon. They are the club that made him and he understands their predicament.

"However, he wants to play in Europe."

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