“Why would we want to let go of a key player?”
The Jeju official sighed as he talked about Ahn Hyun-beom, 28, a “national wing-back” who moved to Jeonbuk in the summer transfer window. “I wanted to keep him,” he said, “but it’s a player’s heart that doesn’t let go easily. As it turns out, there were circumstances that forced him to leave.
Ahn is a ‘franchise’ star who made his professional debut with Ulsan in 2015 and has been with Jeju since 2016. Jeju and Ahn were a great example of a club-player ‘long-term partnership’. He played 165 games (22 goals, 12 assists, including K League 2) for Jeju alone. 온라인바카라
However, as with all things that come together, they were destined to part ways at some point. As a top wing-back (full-back) in the K League 1, and having made his debut for the national team in a friendly in June, there was no way the champions were going to let him go.
Instead, Jeonbuk, who are ambitiously strengthening their squad this summer, made an offer. They selected Ahn as a replacement for international full-back Kim Moon-hwan (27), who was offered a move to Qatar’s Al Duhail. As a trade card, Jeonbuk offered midfielder Kim Gun-woong, a position of weakness for Jeju. Cash on top.
The evaluation match between the national football team led by coach Klinsmann and Peru was held at the Busan Asiad Stadium on the 16th. National team Ahn Hyun-beom
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After hearing about Jeonbuk’s interest through his agent in early July, Ahn reportedly told the Jeju club that he wanted to make a new challenge in Jeonbuk. The Jeju club had been waiting for Ahn to recover from his shoulder injury. They explained the team’s recent ‘second hump’ and suggested that he leave in the winter. With Lee Chang-min (enlisted in the army), Choi Young-joon and Koo Ja-cheol (long-term injuries), the team could not afford to lose another key resource. They also had to consider the criticism they would face if Ahn Hyun-beom, a fan favourite, left Seogwipo.
However, as the saying goes, ‘no parent beats a child’, and it was impossible to change the mind of a player eager for a challenge. Both the club and the player knew that if Jeju insisted on a non-transfer, the conflict could turn into a Yang Hyun-joon saga. Seeing the player’s determination, Jeju eventually gave the ‘OK’ sign and decided to support his challenge. In the ‘official’ resignation statement of ‘Anstar’ (Ahn Hyun-beom’s nickname) posted on social media, the club said, “We are deeply grateful for Ahn Hyun-beom’s affection and dedication, who loved Jeju and loved the fans. We sincerely wish him good health and happiness all the time.”
Ahn Hyun-beom said on the club’s YouTube channel, “I dedicated my 20s to Jeju. It was always sincere. I cherish and love Jeju so much, but I thought it was a good opportunity (when the offer came). I got married and lived away from my family for a long time, so I thought about it as ‘Ahn Hyun-beom the human being’ instead of ‘Ahn Hyun-beom the player. Even if I leave Jeju, I will remember it for a lifetime,” he said in his farewell speech. Meanwhile, Jeju quickly signed veteran full-back Im Chang-woo from Gangwon to minimise the void left by Ahn.