By Danny Mills

6th Feb, 2020 | 10:24am

'Looks a good player' - Exclusive: Danny Mills reacts to official Newcastle statement

Danny Mills insists that another club will take a “gamble” on midfielder Sung-yeung Ki after he left Newcastle United by mutual consent.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds and England defender says he has always been a fan of the South Korean international and was surprised to see him leave St James’ Park.

The Magpies issued a statement on Friday afternoon confirming that they had cut the 31-year-old’s contract short a year-and-a-half after his arrival on a free transfer.

With Ki once again able to be signed without a transfer fee, Mills is expecting either a top-end Championship or even a lower-level Premier League side to sign him up and make use of his qualities.

Asked if Ki could still perform at a high level, Mills told Football Insider: “Yeah, I think so, I’ve always been impressed with him; his work rate, his ability.

“Obviously he was at Sunderland and Swansea, he always did a decent job and looks a good player so I’m sure there’ll be somebody out there that will take a gamble.

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“It’s a free transfer, the wages won’t be too high, he’s unassigned at the moment so I’m sure someone in the high levels of the Championship or lower reaches of the Premier League, I’m sure somebody will take a gamble on him.”

Ki leaves the Magpies after making just 23 appearances for the club, the likes of Isaac Hayden, Jonjo Shelvey and the Longstaff brothers establishing themselves ahead of him in the pecking order.

He has a total of 187 Premier League and 66 Scottish Premiership games under his belt after his time at Newcastle, Swansea, Sunderland and Celtic.

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