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Cha set to remain in South Korea

Fortuna Dusseldorf’s Du-Ri Cha could be set for a permanent stay in South Korea, after the defender fled to his homeland for personal reasons.

Cha Du-Ri started three of South Korea's four matches at the 2010 World Cup
Du-Ri Cha does not look like returning to Germany

The South Korea international has found life tough at Dusseldorf ever since arriving on a free transfer from Celtic last summer, starting just once for the Bundesliga side.

Before making his debut for the club, Cha, 32, spent three weeks in South Korea, reportedly to sort out personal problems. During the winter break the player left for the nation of his birth once again - where he still remains - with Dusseldorf granting him special leave until January 31.

“Both sides cannot be happy about Cha’s performances until now,” Dusseldorf general manager Wolf Werner told Bild at the time. “It makes no sense when he is not clear-headed.”

Werner added that if Cha was to find a club in South Korea, then he was free to leave if the offer was right.

With the transfer window still open in South Korea, Bild believe Cha will remain there, with a deal likely to take place with a club over the next few days. 

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