February 04, 2015 12:11
Lee Chung-yong has joined Crystal Palace in England's Premier League on a contract lasting until June 2018, the club said Monday.
The transfer fee was officially undisclosed but is about 1 million pounds, according to local media. The figure may not seem to match Lee's talent, but the transfer bodes well for the footballer after a string of bad luck.
Since joining the Bolton Wanderers in 2009, the club was relegated to England's second-tier Championship at the end of the 2011-12 season and Lee fractured his shin back in July 2011.
The Wanderers were quick to offer congratulations on their website. "Bolton Wanderers would like to thank Lee for his contributions during his time at the club and wish him well in his future endeavours," the club said.
Serie A in Italy and Bundesliga in Germany were both reportedly interested in Lee, but Crystal Palace's focus on wingers finally won out.
Korean football fans can now look forward to seeing two Korean players face each other in the Premier League as Ki Sung-yueng plays for Swansea City.
Crystal Palace was founded in 1905 and is based at Selhurst Park in south London. The team has yet to win the Premier League title. It was relegated to the Championship at the end of the 2004-5 season, and was promoted from the 2013-14 season. The team has struggled throughout the season and is in 13th place out of 20 teams with 23 points.
As he is recovering from a hairline fracture in the right leg he sustained during a recent Asian Cup match, Lee may be able to have his first match with the new club against Newcastle on Feb. 12 or Arsenal on Feb. 22.
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