Hwang vows to thrive at Hamburger SV
Suwon: Korea Republic striker Hwang Hee-chan he is ready to learn and become a better player with his new German club Hamburger SV.
Hwang played 85 minutes in Korea Republic's 0-0 draw with Chile in a friendly match at Suwon World Cup Stadium on Tuesday. It was his last match before making his Bundesliga 2 debut with Hamburger SV.
During the 2018 Asian Games Indonesia, the 22-year-old completed a loan move from Austrian side Red Bull Salzburg to Hamburger SV for this season.
"Honestly, I do have some concerns because it's my first time switching teams in Europe," Hwang said. "But I will learn as much as I can for me and my country. I will develop as I want to help the national team."
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With the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 fast approaching, Hwang will have to hit the ground running for Hamburger to ensure he earns a spot in the Korea Republic squad for the continental showpiece.
Korea Republic teammate Son Heung-min made his pro debut with Hamburger SV before moving to Bayer Leverkusen.
"Son told me to play well, and he'll visit the club later," he said. "Hamburger are a well-known club in Germany, so I'm happy to play with them. I'll do my best to help the club earn promotion to the first division."
After winning a gold medal with the Under-23 team at the Asian Games, Hwang joined the senior team for friendly matches against Costa Rica and Chile under new head coach Paulo Bento.
Hwang missed the Costa Rica friendly but started as right winger against Chile. Hwang, who also competed at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, said he is always learning from the national team. He has two goals from 18 caps.
"When I come to the national team, there are many role models such as Ki Sung-yueng and Son Heung-min," he said. "It makes me become a better football player. Despite the short period, I learned lots of things, whether it's about mentality or technique. It always gives me priceless experience, too."
Sources: Yonhap, AFP
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