Korean footballer Ji So-yun to sign two-year deal with Chelsea LadiesUpdated: 2014-01-03 14:36:22 (KST)
Footballer Ji So-yun is kicking off the year with a dream come true.
Her agent Inspo Korea announced Friday that the national team's unparalleled midfielder had agreed on a two-year-contract with Chelsea Ladies in England's Women's Super League.
Although her salary has not been made public the speculation is that she will be paid at the highest level in Chelsea Ladies' history.
Chelsea has also offered housing, airfare to and from Korea and English-language classes.
Known as the "female Park Ji-sung," after Korea's first Premiere League player, the 22-year-old Ji has scored 26 goals in 55 international matches and helped her current team INAC Kobe Leonessa win back to back titles during her three years in Japan's L1 League.
"Korean players are significantly underrated in the European field. I want to break that trend, and I know I can do it -- to pave the way for younger players."
Chelsea has been interested in recruiting Ji since last year -- when INAC Kobe beat the London club in the finals of the International Women's Cup in December, where she also picked up her third consecutive MVP award.
Ji is set to depart for the UK in the coming days for a physical -- the last step before she seals the deal.
Song Ji-sun, Arirang News.
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