The timing of Lee Kang-in’s selection from PSG, which was not heard from coach Hwang Seon-hong, was concluded as ‘early joining’… As soon as possible, ‘sortie to battle against Kuwait’
Lee Kang-in (22, Paris Saint-Germain)메이저놀이터 will participate in the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games. Lee Kang-in will soon move to China, the ‘decisive battlefield’, and join the national team.
Loïc Tanzi of France’s L’Equipe said on the 15th (Korean time), “PSG has approved Lee Kang-in’s participation in the Asian Games. Striker Lee Kang-in has been given permission by the club to participate in the Asian Games (September 19 to October 8) to be held in China. Permission has been received. He has been at the center of controversy in his home country of Korea for several days, but he is finally able to participate in the Asian Games. He received permission from the club this Thursday,” the report said.
“Lee Kang-in, who arrived from Mallorca this summer for a transfer fee of 22 million euros (approximately 31 billion won) and suffered a thigh injury for several weeks, is scheduled to fly to China, where the tournament is being held, in the next few hours. The Asian Games are organized by the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA). As the competition was not included in the official schedule, there was no reason to oblige him to send it. The decision was made following talks between the player, his agent and the club. A source close to the player said: ‘We are grateful to the club for handling the situation in this way and helping the player. “Everyone responded by saying, ‘I’m happy,’” he added.
And France’s ‘Le Parisien’ announced, “PSG has allowed Lee Kang-in to participate in the Asian Games. Lee Kang-in, who has recovered from his left thigh injury, will return to his home country to participate in the Asian Games.”
He continued, “Lee Kang-in, who was signed from Mallorca this summer for 22 million euros, has not played many official games for PSG. He was injured in the first friendly match against Le Havre last July, and was injured again in the Ligue 1 match against Toulouse, leaving Lens. , missed the match against Lyon. This time, he will once again be unable to participate due to reasons unrelated to his health. PSG has reached an agreement with Korea to allow Lee Kang-in to participate in the Asian Games, which will be held from September 23 to October 9,” he added. .
In addition, “(due to this tournament), Lee Kang-in will miss the important schedule of the second Champions League match against Newcastle United and the league match against Marseille. PSG will have new players as Marco Asensio (as well as Lee Kang-in) will be out for a month due to injury.” “We have to do without a striker, but fortunately we can rely on Gonzalo Hamous, Ousmane Dembele, Rendal Kolo Muani and Kylian Mbappe,” he wrote.
European transfer market expert Fabricio Romano also weighed in. He explained, “PSG decided today to approve Lee Kang-in’s participation in the Asian Games. The club plans to send Lee Kang-in to the 2023 Asian Games.”
The 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games team, led by coach Hwang Seon-hong, conducted its final convocation training at Paju NFC (National Football Team Training Center) on the 14th before leaving for Hangzhou. Afterwards, they are scheduled to depart for Hangzhou, the site of the decisive battle, through Incheon International Airport on the 16th. Originally, players under the age of 23 (U-23) participated in the Asian Games, but the Hangzhou Asian Games, which were scheduled to be held in 2022, were postponed by a year due to COVID-19, increasing the age by one year.
The Asian Games national team is hunting for gold for the third time in a row. Previously, Korea won gold medals at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games and the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games. Hwang Seon-hong belongs to Group E and will play against Kuwait on the 19th, Thailand on the 21st, and Bahrain on the 24th in the third group match.
[Tug of war over when Lee Kang-in will join]
The topic of discussion was when Lee Kang-in joined. Lee Kang-in’s loan consent was reset as he transferred to PSG through this summer’s transfer market. Coach Hwang Seon-hong had originally coordinated with Mallorca, but with this transfer, he was faced with the task of having to set it up again.
First, last July, coach Hwang Seon-hong said at a press conference announcing the final list, “We are continuing to communicate with PSG. Lee Kang-in has a very strong will to participate in the Asian Games. The selection arrangement with Mallorca had been completed. However, the PSG transfer was sudden. He said, “Because this is happening, coordination needs to proceed. (Lee) Kangin has a very strong will and continues to cooperate, so coordination needs to be made. I am very positive and looking forward to it.”
In addition, “There is no major problem during the international match period as it is a mandatory call-up. However, there is a 6-day period before that. If you do not get permission from your team, you must return. We are continuing to communicate in that regard. We are cooperating during the tournament period. “Most of them have been completed. However, it takes 6 days, and we are working in various ways to solve it. There is no problem with the remaining players. As for Lee Kang-in, it is not yet confirmed. Since the transfer was not long ago, we will have to wait a little longer.”
Although there was little time left until the competition, there was little progress. First, an official from the Korea Football Association (KFA) said on the 13th, “As for whether Lee Kang-in will be called up, coach Hwang Sun-hong will likely mention the updated details in Paju tomorrow (14th). PSG said they will let them know whether they will be called up on the 13th.” “However, we have not heard anything from the association level yet.”
On the 14th, not much came out of Director Hwang Seon-hong’s mouth. Coach Hwang Seon-hong said, “I am also frustrated. I am personally communicating with Kang-in. Lee Kang-in wants to join as soon as possible, but the timing of his joining is not being coordinated with PSG. The association is in close communication with PSG. “I hope the timing of joining is decided so I can focus on the team,” he said.
He continued, “I haven’t received an official answer yet about when he will join. I’m feeling frustrated about that. We decided to contact him on the 13th to see if his injury has fully recovered, but there has been no official answer yet.”
The regretful voice continued. Coach Hwang Seon-hong said, “I would like to come in 1-2 games before the group stage, but that doesn’t seem to be possible. It seems that PSG is putting a lot of conditions on it. They put things like the Asian Cup qualifiers in January as conditions. Regarding that,” coach Hwang Seon-hong said. I hope the negotiations go well and we can join as soon as possible. It seems like PSG is trying to bring many things to their advantage. I think a lot of coordination will be needed. Even if Coach Klinsmann comes to discuss the pending issues, there is nothing I can do. We have to leave right away. do.
[Lee Kang-in’s selection has been decided, when will he join?]
France’s ‘L’Equipe’, ‘Le Parisien’, and Romano have confirmed that Lee Kang-in will participate in the Asian Games. In addition, information about the joining period was also confirmed.
Loïc Tanzi of L’Equipe, a highly regarded team member, predicted that Lee Kang-in would depart within a few hours. At the latest, it is expected that he will board a plane after the Ligue 1 match against OGC Nice at 4 a.m. on the 16th.
If that happens, Lee Kang-in will be able to operate from the first match against Kuwait in the group stage. Of course, the timing of his appearance may be delayed due to the fact that he has just recovered from an injury, his physical condition, and his chemistry with his teammates. Still, being together from the group stage is definitely positive.
Director Hwang Seon-hong’s wishes also came true. Coach Hwang Seon-hong said, “It would be nice to play 1-2 games in the preliminaries and advance to the round of 16, but if I join after that, various situations may arise. I also need to join before I can make various plans. Regarding that, I also “It’s frustrating,” he said, but with Lee Kang-in quickly joining the team, he was able to play 1-2 games.
[Lee Kang-in left due to injury]
Lee Kang-in signed with PSG last July. A considerable tug-of-war ensued, and eventually an agreement was reached. Juanmi Sánchez of Spain’s Marca reported, “Mallorca and PSG have reached a complete agreement on the transfer of Lee Kang-in. Lee Kang-in is scheduled to play for PSG.” He continued, “Mallorca will receive over 17 million euros (about 24 billion won) from the transfer of Lee Kang-in, who joined as a free agent in 2021. The total transfer fee is 22 million euros, of which 20% (4.4 billion won). He added, “The 10,000 euros (6 billion won) is Lee Kang-in’s share.”
He continued, “In this way, the interest and negotiations that have been ongoing since June 12th have been completed. Negotiations took longer than necessary, and an agreement was eventually reached. It is expected to become official with signatures within the next few hours.”
Then, PSG officially announced on the club’s website, “Lee Kang-in has signed with PSG. We are happy to announce the contract until June 2028. Lee Kang-in has become PSG’s first Korean player.” His uniform number was 19, which he used in Mallorca.
Lee Kang-in said in an interview with the club, “My position on the pitch is diverse. I am a midfielder who can play on both wings. And I am a technical player who kicks the ball comfortably. In addition, I have a lot of desire and thirst to win. “I’m here to help with everything team-related,” he said.
He added, “I always want to help the team. I want to help the team win every game and win as many trophies as possible. I am happy to join PSG. PSG is one of the big clubs in the world and has the best players in the world. “I can’t wait to start this new adventure. I’m looking forward to meeting the fans and bringing joy to the stadium.”
It’s not an easy time in the beginning. In the 43rd minute of the first half against Le Havre last July, Lee Kang-in communicated with his bench while touching his right thigh. He soon left the ground and the game ended. There was a running situation in the previous scene, and Lee Kang-in complained of his discomfort by touching his right thigh.
Afterwards, he was listed on the Asian tour list, but only appeared in the final match, against Jeonbuk Hyundai. In a pre-interview, Lee Kang-in said, “I have recovered a lot and my body is fine. Of course, I am not in a body that can play for 90 minutes. This is because I have not trained much with the team. But my body is fine. However, it is not up to me to decide whether to participate in the game or not. “If I play, I plan to do my best,” he said, and took the field in the 24th minute of the second half. And I took on the role of false nine and played the game lightly.
Afterwards, the official schedule began, and Lee Kang-in raised expectations by appearing as a starter in the match against Lorient and Toulouse. However, his joy was short-lived, as he suffered an injury to his left quadriceps area last August and had to concentrate on recovery for a while. Accordingly, Lee Kang-in missed all matches against Lens and Lyon in the 3rd and 4th rounds of Ligue 1, and was also excluded from the Korea A national team led by Coach Klinsmann during the September international match period.
He is expected to return after a long rehabilitation. PSG shared a team training video through its official SNS on the 13th. Lee Kang-in was also included to prepare for the upcoming game. Lee Kang-in focused on personal training and rehabilitation for a while after his injury. It was his first time training as a team with his teammates, which was a positive point.
It is unclear how good his physical condition will be when he joins the national team. He needs to use it carefully and well.