Chung joins Al-Khaleej

Veteran South Korean midfielder Jung Woo-young (34) has joined the Saudi Arabian professional soccer team Al-Khaleej.

“We have signed South Korean midfielder Jung Woo-young,” the club announced on Tuesday.

The club welcomed Jung Woo-young on social media with the words “Welcome Jung Woo-young” in Korean, and announced his arrival with a composite photo that parodied (satirized) the squid game.

Jung, who joined Qatar’s Al Sadd in 2018, signed a two-year contract extension in 2021 in recognition of his performance. After his contract with Alsad recently ended, he was released as a free agent and was speculated to return to the K League, but he ended up heading to Saudi Arabia.

Jung played for Kyoto Sanga, Jubilo Iwata, and Vissel Kobe in Japan and Chongqing Lifan in China before moving to Al Sadd in 2018.

Jung Woo-young joins Alkalis

Alkalis narrowly avoided relegation to the second division in the 2022-23 season, finishing 14th out of 16 teams in the top flight.

Meanwhile, the Saudi league has been making waves lately with a number of high-profile signings.

Since Cristiano Ronaldo joined Al-Nasr in early January, Marcelo Brozovic (Al-Nasr), Karim Benzema, N’Golo Kante (Al Ittihad), Kalidou Koulibaly, Hubeng Neves, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Al Hilal), and Roberto Firmino (Al Ahli) have joined the Saudi scene.

Chung is expected to face the likes of Ronaldo, Benzema, and 한국야동 Firmino in Saudi Arabia.