GUS POYET says the negotiations over Ji Dong-won’s return to German side Augsburg began and ended this week.
Ji’s two-and-a-half year stint on Wearside came to an end today after the South Korean striker moved to the Bundesliga until the end of the season for an undisclosed fee.
The Echo revealed last weekend that Augsburg, where Ji spent the final six months of last season on loan, were interested in re-signing the 22-year-old, who was out of contract at the end of the campaign.
And head coach Poyet says that when the German outfit made an official approach earlier this week, the deal was concluded swiftly after Ji’s only appearances under the Uruguayan came in this month’s Stadium of Light clashes against Aston Villa and Carlisle.
Poyet said: “We were not even thinking about this possibility, it was all done in three days.
“There was a decision to make and we made that, and he’s gone to Germany.
“It’s simple. Everything came together to the point where it was good for everybody.
“He had six months left on his contract, was not playing week-in, week-out, so it’s a situation that you need to analyse.
“The player wants to play football too.
“We wish him well because for some reason that I don’t know, it didn’t work out for him at Sunderland. Let’s hope it works for him there.
“He’s been in and out of the team, in and out of the club.
“He’s a very good lad, a different class person, with plenty of qualities.
“But it’s not only about players, it’s about the whole squad.”