Koo Ja-Cheol pens one-year extension with Augsburg

The South Korean, who was a revelation with the Bavarian outfit last season, will return on loan to the club next term which ensures he's available for the 2012 London Olympics
South Korea international Koo Ja-Cheol has signed a new contract extension with Wolfsburg as well as agreeing a new one-year loan spell with Augsburg for the 2012-13 season.

The 23-year-old attacking midfielder enjoyed a successful loan stint with Augsburg during the second half of the 2011-12 Bundesliga season, scoring five goals in 15 appearances as they avoided the drop.

The former Jeju United man has now decided to extend his stay in Bavaria despite interest from Hamburg and parent club Wolfsburg.

"I had many options so it took some time to think about them," Koo told reporters at Doha International Airport ahead of his nation's opening final round 2014 World Cup qualifier against Qatar.

It is understood, Wolfsburg were keen to bring Koo back to the club but weren't willing to release him for the 2012 London Olympics which the South Korean revealed was a key part of his final decision. Any Korean athletes who claim an Olympic medal are exempt from compulsory military service.

"Wolfsburg were firm on making me remain and it was hard to persuade them. But I had the Olympics to participate in and FCA treated me specially so I made the decision," he added.

South Korea's Olympic coach Hong Myung-Bo told reporters he was delighted with the news which is a boost for his side ahead of the London games.

"I was told that Augsburg have agreed to renew Koo's loan from Wolfsburg for another year and this more or less guarantees that Koo will get to play at the London Games," he said.

Meanwhile, Wolfsburg boss Felix Magath said on the club's website he was happy to let Koo return to Augsburg in order to aid his development, having also penned a new contract extension securing him to the Wolves until 2015.
“Koo took the chance he had with FCA and has continually improved there thanks to playing regular football. That is what we wanted achieve with the loan move," he said.

"He has gained the focus with good performances but I don’t consider his development to be completed yet and another year of Bundesliga football in Augsburg will do him good. He feels very at home in Augsburg too, which will help him make steps forward.”

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