China's Sun determined to shine at PSV

January 11, 2007

BEIJING, Jan 11 (Reuters) - China midfielder Sun Xiang has begged to be allowed to leave Shanghai Shenhua for Dutch champions PSV Eindhoven.

PSV's offer to pay 150,000 euros ($194,300) to take the 24-year-old left winger on loan for six months with the option of a one million euro transfer at the end was turned down earlier this week.

'I have made my decision - go,' Sun told the midweek edition of Titan Sports newspaper.

'A man should take adventures. It's a kind of responsibility... If I go, I could possibly become the first Chinese in history to play the Champions League.

'It's a glory for the Chinese players, for Shanghai and for Shenhua Club.'

Shenhua said the move had come at the wrong time for the club, who kick off the new Chinese Super League season on March 3 and have also qualified for the Asian Champions League.

Sun, who had a trial at English club Wigan in 2005 and at PSV with his twin brother and team mate Sun Ji last November, said he thought he could make the grade in Europe.

'I'm confident in my ability,' he said.

'No matter how big the difficulty is, I want to break through.

'I'll be very sad if I can't go. If Shenhua wants to force my body to stay, it should also keep my heart.'