‘Neymar best friend mode’ KING Lee Kang-in joins East Asia tour after injury concerns, could make Japan-Busan debut

Lee Kang-in (22-Paris Saint-Germain PSG) is set to embark on a tour of East Asia.

PSG announced the departure of the squad for the East Asia tour on the 23rd (KST) through the club’s official channel. PSG, led by Luis Enrique, will face Al-Nasr (Saudi Arabia) on Aug. 25, Cerezo Osaka (Japan) on Aug. 28, and Inter Milan (Italy) on Aug. 1 in Japan. They will then travel to South Korea to face Jeonbuk Hyundai on August 3. Lee Kang-in has been named to the roster for the East Asian tour.

There was a twist. Lee picked up an injury in the off-season friendly against Le Havre AC in Paris, France, on July 22. Lee started the game and showed off his sharp moves from the first minute. In the first two minutes of the game, he showed off his individual skills. His breakaway and precise passing caught the attention of the fans. In the 43rd minute of the first half, Lee complained of pain. He grabbed his right hamstring. Enrique was so surprised that he checked the player’s condition himself, and he was subbed off. As French media outlet RMC Sport said, “Lee had a great debut for PSG. He quickly settled into the tempo of the game. He tried to help his teammates in the attack. However, he felt a thigh pain and had to come off as a substitute.온라인바카라

Luckily, Lee joined the East Asia Tour. In the photos that were released, he was in good spirits, especially as he and Neymar were in “best friend mode” once again. Neymar put his hand on Lee’s shoulder and smiled brightly. However, there is a question mark over whether Lee will be available for the match in Japan. The local French media speculated that Lee could make his debut in Busan.

Lee is a signing that PSG has been working hard on. PSG president Luis Campos reportedly made a direct move to sign Lee Kang-in. Lee completed his move to PSG on September 9. He signed a five-year contract until 2028 and will wear the number 19 in France. Expectations for the “New Parisian” are growing. In Europe, the expectation is that he will be the “new core” of PSG. Even before he joined PSG, Spanish publication Marca ranked him as their best 11 for the 2023-2024 season. Soccer statistics outlets Sofascore and FutbolScore.com also included Lee in their projected best 11 for the 2023-2024 season.

Lee showed his talent early on. He led South Korea to a runner-up finish at the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup. He also won the tournament’s MVP award, the Golden Ball. However, his professional career has been a bit of a mixed bag. After joining Valencia’s first team, Lee didn’t get much of a chance. In the summer of 2021, he left Valencia after 10 years and joined Real Mallorca, where he was able to showcase his talents once again. In the 2022-2023 season, he hit the ground running for Real Mallorca, playing 2840 minutes in 36 games (33 starts) in the Spanish Primera Liga, scoring six goals and providing six assists.

PSG seems to think highly of Lee’s abilities. Shortly after his signing, the club said: “Lee Kang-in has been called a prodigy since childhood. Unfortunately, he was unable to carve out a place for himself at Valencia. He joined Real Mallorca in 2021. It was time for him to shine. He quickly established himself in the best 11. He was also named by coach Paulo Bento as a member of the 2022 World Cup squad in Qatar. He attracted interest from Europe’s top teams. He decided to join PSG to continue his journey to the top. He is a technical midfielder with a left foot. He can play in all attacking positions, both in the center and on the flanks. He’s comfortable playing in tight spaces. Now all that remains is for him to prove his worth at the highest level. He was voted the best player at the 2019 U-20 tournament ahead of Elling Holland (Man City),” said Lee.

Lee’s style of play could fill the void left by Lionel Messi’s departure to Inter Miami. PSG currently lacks a “No. 10” (playmaker) type. Lee’s versatility as he can play in any position up front makes him an essential addition to PSG’s roster. He seems to have ‘taken the storm’ at PSG. Photos released by the club show that he’s working hard to ‘catch the eye’ of Enrique. Outside of training, he’s been seen smiling and chatting with his new teammates. He quickly bonded with the Spanish-speaking players, including Carlos Soler and Manuel Ugarte. As he adjusts to the storm, Lee is one of the hottest stars on the East Asian Tour.


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