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Updated 11:29 AM EDT, Tue, Jun 16, 2020

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China Football: South Korea captain Ki Sung-Yueng says China's spending spree 'no guarantee' of international success

South Korea team captain Ki Sung-yueng

(Photo : Getty Images) South Korea’s Ki Sung-Yueng said that China's spending spree is “no guarantee” of international success.

In the aftermath of Korea Republic's 3-2 win over China PR in the 2018 FIFA World Cup AFC qualifiers, South Korea men's national football team captain Ki Sung-Yueng has a message for Chinese clubs: spending spree is "no guarantee" of international success.

The 27-year-old Ki, who is a member of Premier League side Swansea City as an attacking midfielder, recently told reporters that China's global investment in signing international players has "helped raise standards in Asian football", but it does not mean they are going to achieve their goal of "success on the international stage" the way Chinese president Xi Jinping and the fans had envisioned it, as per the Malay Mail Online.

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 "It's good for Asian football that there is so much investment in Chinese football it helps Asian football develop and it is good for the Chinese Super League," said Ki.

"Signing good foreign players is no guarantee that the country will develop," he said.

The 6-foot-2 Gwangju, South Korea native even cited the Premier League and the England national team's current underwhelming status in world football.

"There are many good players from all over the world in the English Premier League but the results of the England national team are not good," Ki said.

English top flight teams have spent a record of £1.17 billion in the recently concluded summer transfer window, which included Manchester United's £89.3 million world transfer record-breaking deal for Paul Pogba from Juventus.

Still, England was not able to strengthen its national squad with all their spending with the Three Lions falling to lowly Iceland, 1-2, in the Round-of-16 stage of this summer's Euro 2016.

There are good things to take away from Team Dragon's loss to the Taegeuk Warriors, though, as it was quite close and that head coach Gao Hongbo's side was able to come back from being 0-3 down in the contest, via Reuters.

"We can take confidence from our performance," Gao said. "They have more experience than us. We showed determination to come back at the end and going forward, this will help us a lot."

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