The official account of the European Football Federation (UEFA) Champions League (UCL) officially announced Lee Kang-in’s transfer to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG).메이저놀이터
Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) made an official announcement on the club’s website on the 9th (Korean time), “We are delighted to announce the signing of Lee Kang-in, who has signed a contract until 2028. He became the first Korean player to join PSG.” It was PSG’s fourth signing this summer. PSG will embrace Lee Kang-in following Milan Škriniar, Marco Asensio and Manuel Ugarte. The next day after the announcement of the recruitment of Lee Kang-in, Luca Hernandez joined.
PSG is a prestigious team representing France. PSG, where Ronaldinho and Mauricio Pochettino went through, turned the capital of Qatar on its back and became the best club in Europe. Top stars such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Edinson Cavani, Angel Di Maria, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe played for PSG. Lionel Messi also belonged to PSG until last season.
In France, it was the absolute best in name and reality. Since 2012, he has won nine French Ligue 1 titles. PSG won the most trophies in the Coupe de France, Coupe de la Ligue, and Trope des Champions in succession. That’s how strong it is. There is no team that can compete in the league more than Bayern Munich in the German Bundesliga.
making a new board He won the Ligue 1 in France, but was criticized for failing in all other competitions. In 2023, the performance was not good, and it was surrounded by various gossip, including rumors of discord. This is the reason why coach Luis Enrique was appointed after firing head coach Christophe Galtier, and he is preparing to start a new project by recruiting several players. Lee Kang-in is in this project.
Lee Kang-in was a youth valued by Valencia. In the 2019 Under-20 (U-20) World Cup in Poland, he scored 2 goals and 4 assists, leading the team to runner-up. At that time, he won the Golden Ball (contest MVP) and increased his value. He quickly made his first team debut. He signed a professional contract and drew attention by becoming the youngest player to participate. But he didn’t get a chance consistently.
He continued to not be guaranteed playing time, and although he played 61 games in 3 seasons, most of them were replaced and his position gradually decreased. Then Lee Kang-in expressed his dissatisfaction and eventually made plans to leave Valencia. He had one year remaining on his contract with Valencia, but the club let him go. The non-European quota (NON-EU) was the reason. At the time, Valencia had to sign Brazilian striker Marcos Andre and give him a non-EU quota. Maxi Gomes, Alderete, and Lee Kang-in were occupying it, but it was decided to send Lee Kang-in to give Andre a spot. He was out of contract. Lee Kang-in was released without a transfer fee. Lee Kang-in headed to Mallorca.
Mallorca His first season was a bit disappointing, but his second season was the best. It was an irreplaceable resource. In the development situation, it was not possible without Lee Kang-in. Ruiz de Galareta and Dani Rodriguez also played important roles in the midfield, but were inferior to Lee Kang-in. Lee Kang-in was involved in all directions, going back and forth from the side and center. He possessed not only his passing ability, but also the best dribbling skills in the league, so he developed an attack while releasing even when the opponent pressed him.
The first season in Mallorca was somewhat disappointing, but the second season was the best. He was an irreplaceable resource. In the development situation, it was not possible without Lee Kang-in. Ruiz de Galareta and Dani Rodriguez also played important roles in the midfield, but were inferior to Lee Kang-in. Lee Kang-in was involved in all directions, going back and forth from the side and center. Equipped with passing ability as well as the best dribbling skills in the league, he developed an attack while releasing the pressure of the opponent.
Looking at the record, Lee Kang-in was the best. According to the records released by the football statistics media ‘Opta’, in the 2022-23 season, Lee Kang-in completed 90 successful dribbles, 6 assists, 54 opportunities, 14 decisive opportunities, and 56 crosses, all of which were at the top level of La Liga. . In the case of dribbling, it was my second place in La Liga. Even Lee Kang-in’s outstanding record is being highlighted.
This is why PSG is interested. Interest in Lee Kang-in is hot. PSG dealt with Lee Kang-in on their own. “Lee Kang-in was born in Incheon and became a star in Korea by appearing on a TV program at the age of 6. He soon left for Europe and joined the Valencia Academy in 2011. At the age of 10, he performed well and became the youngest player to debut in European professional football 7 years later. I became a Korean. I couldn’t establish my position in Valencia, but I moved to Mallorca to shine. I also participated in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and came to PSG after being courted by several European clubs.”
He focused on style. “He is fast and technical, uses his speed well and makes a difference with his one foot. He can play both as a midfielder and a winger, and can move comfortably in tight spaces. He can play deep. He played a key role in staying in Mallorca. There are only days left. Also, Lee Kang-in was selected as the best player of the tournament by beating Elling Holland in the U-20 World Cup.”
France’s ‘L’Equipe’ said, “Lee Kang-in is recruiting talents who have not blossomed yet. Following Asensio, we brought Lee Kang-in, signed a 5-year contract, and paid 22 million euros.”
“Lee Kang-in, as the best foreign player in Valencia, stood out for his technical qualities and mature appearance. He received a lot of expectations, but he was not heavily weighted, and he was released in 2021 even though his contract had one year left. Last season, he showed his best performance. Former goalkeeper of Mallorca Leo Franco said that Kang-in Lee was the pillar of Mallorca. He said that his dedication and sacrifice stood out and that he showed a high level of activity between offense and defense. did.
Franco’s evaluation continued. ‘Lequipe’ added, “Lee Kang-in is versatile. Although he came from a mid-tier team in La Liga, Lee Kang-in has a lot of room for improvement. Franco’s rise makes him the quality to play for the best team in Europe. He insisted that it was an interesting signing.”
The UCL official account also mentioned Lee Kang-in. Lee Kang-in played for UCL. Lee Kang-in, who was called up in the 2018-19 season but could not play, played 5 UCL games in the 2019-20 season. The total running time is 124 minutes. At the time, Valencia were in a group with Lille, Ajax and Chelsea. Lee Kang-in appeared in both matches against Chelsea and both matches against Lille. He came out before Ajax too. Valencia played in the round of 16, but lost to Atalanta. Lee Kang-in did not appear in the round of 16.
Atalanta and the round of 16 are the story of March 2020. After 3 years, Lee Kang-in can return to UCL. PSG wins Ligue 1 and goes to UCL. This is why UCL’s special spotlight on Lee Kang-in’s transfer is drawing attention.
PSG’s ultimate goal is to win the UCL. On the 9th, “Sofa Score,” a soccer statistics media, said, “PSG is making waves in the transfer market. After a disappointing performance in UCL last season, PSG is focusing on strategically rebuilding and balancing the squad for success. “We have appointed the experienced and famous manager Enrique as the new manager. He is also a manager with abundant knowledge and tactical ability. With the exciting new squad impressive, attention is focusing on whether PSG can succeed in winning the UCL title that they so longed for.”
Attention is focusing on whether PSG’s long-standing dream will come true with Lee Kang-in’s return to UCL. Meanwhile, Lee Kang-in, who came to PSG, said, “It’s amazing to be able to join PSG, one of the world’s best clubs with the world’s best players. I want to start a new adventure quickly.”
When asked to introduce himself, he said, “I am a midfielder who can play on both the left and right sides of the attack. There are various positions in which I can play. I have become skilled at handling the ball comfortably. I want to win the championship. I will contribute to the victory by helping the whole team. ” he replied. Regarding PSG, he said, “I knew it well from a young age. PSG is the best team in the world. The French Ligue 1 is a league with many talented players and fierce competition.”
Regarding his goal, he said, “I will help the team win all matches and bring many trophies.” Lastly, he said, “I am happy to join PSG. PSG is the world’s best club and has the world’s best players. I want to start an adventure. I’m excited to play in front of the fans.”