By Jaehoon Jung
South Korea star Kim Shin-Wook has spoken of his pride after being selected in the 2014 Goal 50 and has revealed that there is interest in him from European clubs - with the Bundesliga his preferred destination.
The 6ft 5in attacker enjoyed a magnificent club season for Ulsan Hyundai, being named as the K-League's MVP. Although his side lost the championship to Pohang in the most dramatic of circumstances thanks to a 95th-minute goal on the final matchday, Kim did enough to finish 49th in the 2014 Goal 50.
"To be ranked among the top 50 players in the world makes me feel very honoured," Kim told Goal.
"I thank Goal for regarding me so very highly. It gives me encouragement to keep playing well.
"Losing the title in the final minute of the season was the toughest moment of my career. But it was a valuable experience at the same time. If the same situation arises again, I'm confident that we won't make the same mistake.
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Kim also impressed at the World Cup, despite Korea's group stage exit. Despite being on the pitch for little over 30 minutes against Algeria, Kim won 12 aerial duels – a tournament record.
"I had been thinking of this tournament for four years," he admitted.
"I'm not 100 per cent satisfied but I learned that I could play on a world class stage. I need more experience, of course, and have to better adjust to the tempo of the game. But I felt confident because my physical ability worked against most opponents. The end result was not satisfying but my dream of playing in the World Cup came true."
Kim then revealed that his next objective is to play in Europe - confirming that a number of German and English clubs are interested in his services. The 26-year-old has his heart set on a transfer to the Bundesliga.
"I cannot mention specific clubs but there has been contact from clubs in the Bundesliga, Premier League and English Championship," he stated.
"There has been no detailed discussion yet, but I prefer the Bundesliga because many Asian players are doing well there.
"I want to keep improving, little by little until I finish my career. To play in Europe and another World Cup are goals of mine.
"I dream of competing with top European players and winning. I will try my best to achieve that. I think I have demonstrated my ability with Ulsan and the Korea national team."
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