VfL succeeds in transfer coup due to lack of work permit
VfL Bochum has once again added to its list on the transfer market despite the closing goal: As the club announced on Thursday afternoon, Chung Yong Lee received a contract until June 30, 2019 with an option for another year.
There is no lack of experience for Bochum’s newcomer: the 30-year-old attacking all-rounder recently kicked for Crystal Palace in the Premier League. In his career, the 80-time South Korean international has played 105 games in the highest English league (eight goals). Lee also fought for points in 109 matches in the Championship, the second-highest league on the island (ten goals).
VfL Managing Director Sebastian Schindzielorz is “very happy that we can win a player of his quality for VfL”. The transfer is by no means a quick shot: “We’ve had Chung Yong Lee on our screens for quite some time, but given his involvement in England, we couldn’t seriously expect him to make the switch to VfL. However, the slippage of the South Korean national team in the FIFA ranking has created a new situation for him: He didn’t get a work permit for the English Championship. He should have played for the Bolton Wanderers again this season. That’s why he entered the transfer market at short notice, so we saw our chance.”
Schindzielorz: “Expression of this quality”.
A curious story that played into the cards of VfL. “Chung Yong Lee is a model professional with an impressive vita. Over 200 games in England are just as much an expression of this quality as the 80 international games for South Korea. He will certainly help us with his skills,” Schindzielorz is convinced.
For the South Korean it is his first engagement in Germany: “I am happy that it worked out with the change to VfL Bochum. As I’ve heard, the level in the 2nd Bundesliga is very high. For me it will be a matter of finding my way into the team as quickly as possible. I hope that I can help VfL to benefit from my experience and skills and that we will be successful as a team”.
In 2010 and 2014 Lee, nicknamed “Blue Dragon” in his home country, took part with South Korea in the World Championship finals in South Africa and Brazil. In Bochum, he will run up with the back number 11.