Park prolongs United stay

South Korean's top performances earn contract extension until 2012

Park: Earned contract extension

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Versatile Park Ji-sung's top performances for Manchester United have led to a two-year contract extension with the Red Devils.

The South Korean has prolonged his stay at Old Trafford until 2012 after establishing himself as an integral part of Sir Alex Ferguson's squad.

The 28-year-old, who arrived at United from PSV Eindhoven in 2005, has made 127 appearances for the Red Devils, scoring 12 goals.

His agent claimed a deal had been done during the week and now United have officially confirmed the news that they are keeping the midfielder.

So pleased

Park told the club's official website: "I am so pleased to have a new contract.

"We have achieved great success over the last four years and won many trophies."

There was a large degree of scepticism surrounding the signing of Asia's highest-profile player when he first came to United, with some believing Park's acquisition was partly influenced by commercial spin-offs.

But the player has established himself as an important figure in United's hat-trick of Premier League title triumphs, while he also featured in May's UEFA Champions League final defeat against Barcelona.

Great experience

"It is a great experience for me to play at this magnificent football club along with other world famous players," added Park.

"I am really enjoying my time here and I appreciate all that Sir Alex and the staff have done for me.

"But I also have to mention the fans too. They are incredible."

Ferguson is also delighted by the contract extension.

He said: "We are always pleased to secure the future of our star players and Ji-sung has proved himself to be a fantastic professional as well as an important versatile player in our squad."