August 05, 2019 11:35
Valencia CF's Korean prospect Lee Kang-in appears set to stay at the Spanish club despite months of rumors that he would be moved or loaned out.
Multiple Spanish media outlets reported on Sunday that the club's senior management had decided Lee will stay with the club. A statement on its website released on Friday states that Valencia's owner, Singaporean business magnate Peter Lim, wants the club to focus on talented young players from its youth team. It did not name the talents, but local media believe that Lee is among them.
Lee, who was nurtured through Valencia's youth team, was moved up to its first team squad early this year, in the middle of last season. However, Lee was not a good fit with manager Marcelino Toral's tactics and did not get much playing time.
Other teams started to taken an interest in him when Lee led Korea to a runner-up finish in the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland in June, and received the Golden Ball award as the MVP of the tournament.
Lee has reportedly positively been considering transfer options as he hopes for regular playing time, but it seems now he is not going anywhere and has to prove his worth to increase his chances of getting pitch time.
Valencia will face Real Sociedad in its season opener in La Liga on Aug. 17.
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