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Fulham Seol targeted The Cottagers

last updated Tuesday 19th January 2010, 1:48 PM
Seol Ki-Hyeon
Seol Ki-Hyeon

Reading manager Steve Coppell has admitted his strained relationship with Seol Ki-Hyeon was behind the South Korean's move to Fulham.

Seol fell out with Coppell after being dropped for most of the second half of last season and made it clear he wanted to leave the Madejski Stadium.

The 28-year-old felt Fulham, whose training ground is near a Korean community in south-west London, were a much better fit for him and got his wish when Reading agreed to swap the winger for Liam Rosenior.

"I think I would probably say that to a certain extent I lost Seol last season by not playing him regularly," Coppell told the club's website.

"He is a confident player, he felt he should have been playing every game. Also by bringing him off in a few games when he felt he shouldn't have been brought off.

"Our relationship was affected by that and it became fairly obvious I think, from the end of last season, that he wanted to move on.

"It wasn't perhaps said in the open but in the chats we had I knew where he was coming from, and where he wanted to go, and that was Fulham, that was obvious from last season.

"There is a big Korean community by their training ground and he wanted to live there. He spent a lot of time there when he was living in Reading so to make the best of the situation we got in dialogue with Fulham and certain deals were mooted."

Source AFP
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