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Viettel FC declines overseas offers for Vietnamese midfielder

By Hoang Nguyen   September 27, 2021 | 05:30 pm PT
Viettel FC declines overseas offers for Vietnamese midfielder
Nguyen Hoang Duc (L) train with Vietnamese teammates in Hanoi. Photo by VnExpress/Doan Huynh
Midfielder Nguyen Hoang Duc is unlikely to play overseas anytime soon, with his club Viettel FC having turned down offers from Thai and South Korean clubs.

Duc had recently received invitations to play the next season overseas on loan from his club.

One of the clubs was revealed to be defending Thai League champions BG Pathum. During the AFC Champions League 2021 group stage in June, Viettel played two matches against Pathum and Duc’s impressive performances caught the eye of opposition team’s head coach.

Pathum had offered Duc a one-season loan contract from Viettel with a monthly salary of VND200 million ($8,800).

However, Viettel said Monday that Duc will not play overseas and would stay on at the club.

"In the coming time, Viettel will focus on higher goals in domestic competitions as well as AFC tournaments. To achieve these goals, the club must keep its key players. Therefore, we have already said no to offers from South Korea and Thailand," Senior Lieutenant Colonel Do Manh Dung, director of Viettel Sports Center, told Tuoi Tre newspaper on Monday.

Duc, 23, still has four years of his contract left with Viettel.

At the moment, he is training with the national team for the next two matches of the World Cup qualifiers in October against China and Oman.

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