Meet North Korean footballer Han Kwang-Song, who Kim Jong-un has barred from receiving interviews and has been denied a Premier League transfer.
AN EX-JUVENTUS ace As one of Italy’s most promising young forwards, Han Kwang-Song once had the world at his feet.
After failing to make an appearance in Turin, the 23-year-old joined Qatari side Al-Duhail in 2020, as part of Kim Jong-aim un’s for North Korea to become a genuine force in world football.
In 2019, Juventus paid roughly £4.25 million for the player, however he never featured for the first team, only making two appearances on the bench.
He spent the majority of his time with the Under-23s, where he failed to score in 17 games in Serie C’s third division.
Han, who initially arrived in Europe with Cagliari and went on to become the first North Korean to play and score in Serie A, has had a precipitous fall from grace.
The forward, who was born in Pyongyang, spent time at a football academy in Barcelona before joining FC Chobyong.
After impressing at the 2015 Under-17 World Cup in Chile, Han was invited to join the ISM Academy in Italy by Italian senator Antonio Razzi, who is close friends with Kim Jong-un.
Their footballers are not allowed to appear on television; else, he would have been returned. Han is terrified. He quickly made an impression on loan at Perugia after breaking through at Cagliari, and his form earned him a spot on the sports show La Domenica Sportiva.
According to La Stampa, the star was waiting in his Milan hotel to be escorted to the studio when Pyongyang’s administration reportedly placed a prohibition on the starlet making a public appearance over the phone.
President of Perugia, Massimiliano Santopadre, said: “A call from an unidentified ministry official interrupted everything.
“Negotiations were impossible since Pyongyang only wanted to speak with Han.
“Their government has gotten even more repressive, and their footballers are not allowed to appear on television; otherwise, he would have been returned. Han is terrified.” According to Mundo Deportivo, Kim Jong-un treats Han like a son and has always wanted to be in charge of everything, including his professional future.
The North Korean dictator was also supposed to be a regular viewer of Serie A to keep up with the growth of his fellow countrymen.
Arsenal, Everton, and Liverpool were once said to be interested in signing Han, but any Premier League move would almost certainly be blocked by the British government.
Dr. Udo Merkel, a North Korean sports expert, argued that this would have happened because a portion of Han’s income is required by law to be remitted home.
As long as the UN sanctions remain in force, the move will not take place.
The lecturer at Brighton University told the Daily Mail… Brinkwire Brief News.