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Ji Dong-Won's Future Remains In Doubt

Ji Dong-Won's future remains in doubt as Sunderland and Borussia Dortmund prepare to enter into a tussle for his services.

Ian MacNicol

The future of Sunderland striker Ji Dong-Won remains up in the air with both parties seemingly having different ideas on where he will play his football this coming season.

It's understood that the club are very keen for him to stay, with the new personnel department believed to be keen admirers of the Korean youngster.

However, some standout performances on loan at Augsburg in the Bundesliga last season have seen him capture the imagination of the German footballing public, and in particular Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund, who are very genuine in their admiration for Ji, and are looking to prepare a solid bid for his services.

Speaking in Korea, Ji said;

I appreciate their [Dortmund's] interest in me. The idea of a transfer is great, however I understand Sunderland want me to stay. I just want to play.

Ji was never given a chance at Sunderland under Martin O'Neill before eventually being farmed out to Augsburg, where he scored five goals in seventeen games from an unfamiliar midfield position.

It's thought this lack of playing time angered Ji and with a Champions League finalist lurking with serious intent, it's understandable he may want to leave. Keeping Ji on-board this season might just be a real coup for Sunderland, if they can pull it off.

That may ultimately prove a lost cause, though. Ji's contract expires in a year's time and so with him in two minds over his future a good offer from any of his Bundesliga admirers may prove impractical to refuse.