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Bayern sign first Korean player in club history

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The 17-year-old will move to Munich at the beginning of the next calendar year.

NANJING, CHINA - AUGUST 18: Jeong Wooyeong (#8) of Korea Republic shoots and scored against Vanuatu during the 2014 FIFA Boys Summer Youth Olympic Football Tournament Preliminary Round Group D match betwenn Korea Republic and Vanuatu at Jiangning Sports Centre Stadium on August 18, 2014 in Nanjing, China. (Photo by Stanley Chou - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
NANJING, CHINA - AUGUST 18: Jeong Wooyeong (#8) of Korea Republic shoots and scores against Vanatu, August 18, 2014 in Nanjing, China.
Stanley Chou - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

Bayern Munich have recently announced that they have signed 17-year-old South Korean youth international Wooyeong Jeong, making him the first ever South Korean to play for Bayern.

After spending some time on trial with the Rekordmeister last season, Jeong finally put pen to paper on a contract that’ll see him join Bayern on January 1st for the following 4.5 years, until June 30, 2022.

While we don’t know much about Jeong as of now, Bayern state in their official press release that he can be deployed in a variety of positions on offense and poses a threat to opposing teams with his quickness and skill.

Though grainy, a few of his highlights can be seen here. In these clips, he’s wearing the jersey number 10, mainly attacking down the left and right flanks.

The midfielder will join a U-19 side that includes several players looking to repeat their U-17 title success at the next level. Key players such as Lars Lukas Mai, Marcel Zylla, and Frank Evina have all made the jump and are hungry for more success. Jeong hopefully ready to help them come 2018.

Not only are the players new, but so is the coach. Jeong will be trained by Sebastian Hoeneß (nephew of Uli), who recently joined Bayern from RB Lepzig, where he led the U-17 team to a second-place finish in the Bundesliga North/Northeast.