Talented Vietnamese striker Nguyen Cong Phuong was unveiled by K-League 1 side Incheon United FC on Thursday, as the 24-year-old moves to play for the South Korean club on a one-year loan.
The debut ceremony was held in the northwestern South Korean city of Incheon after the Vietnamese footballer completed a health check earlier the same day.
Incheon United FC secured a deal with Vietnamese club Hoang Anh Gia Lai FC to have Phuong move to K-League 1, South Korea’s highest level of football competition, under a one-year loan deal.
Phuong’s monthly salary at Incheon United is US$10,000, according to Doan Nguyen Duc, who runs multifaceted conglomerate Hoang Anh Gia Lai and a football academy that trained Phuong.
Nguyen Cong Phuong has played for the Vietnam national football team since 2015, when he was only 20 years old.
The talisman played an important role in a string of achievements of Vietnam’s football at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U23 Championship in China, the Asian Games in Indonesia, the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Cup in 2018, and the 2019 Asian Cup in the UAE last month.
This is the second time he has played for a club outside Vietnam, following a loan spell with Japanese second division side Mito HollyHock in 2016.
Phuong is the latest member of the AFF Cup 2018 champions to play abroad, after midfielder Luong Xuan Truong, his teammate at Hoang Anh Gia Lai FC, joined Buriram United Football Club of Thailand on loan, while goalkeeper Dang Van Lam transferred from Hai Phong FC to Muangthong United of Thailand.