STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

'Dream come true': South Korea's Jae-sung Lee joins Bundesliga side Mainz

The 28-year-old banged in 23 goals in 104 games over four years with second-tier side Kiel, who lost a two-legged play-off against Cologne last May to miss out on promotion to Germany's top flight.

Published: 09th July 2021 05:08 PM  |   Last Updated: 09th July 2021 05:08 PM   |  A+A-

In this file photo taken on March 03, 2021 Holstein Kiel's South-Korean midfielder Lee Jae-sung (C) controls the ball during the German Cup (DFB Pokal) quarter-final football match. (Photo | AFP)

By AFP

BERLIN: South Korean attacking midfielder Jae-sung Lee has signed for Bundesliga side Mainz on a free transfer after narrowly missing promotion last season with ex-club Holstein Kiel.

The 28-year-old banged in 23 goals in 104 games over four years with second-tier side Kiel, who lost a two-legged play-off against Cologne last May to miss out on promotion to Germany's top flight.

Nevertheless, Lee, who has played 53 times for South Korea, will play Bundesliga football next season having signed a three-year contract after "good" conversations with Mainz's Danish head coach Bo Svensson.

"Here in Mainz, my dream of playing in the Bundesliga is coming true," said Lee, a 2014 Asian Games gold medallist.

He hopes to make his Bundesliga debut when Mainz host last season's runners-up RB Leipzig on August 15 during the first weekend of the 2021/22 campaign.

"Jae-sung was one of the best players in the second division," said Svensson.

"He has a lot of heart and will give everything for our club."

Lee, who also plays on the wing, joined Kiel in 2018 after four years with South Korean club Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, winners of the 2016 Asian Champions League.

Having initially struggled last seaon, Mainz turned their fortunes around once Svensson took charge in January by winning six of their last 10 league games, including a shock 2-1 defeat of giants Bayern Munich.

"I followed Mainz's great second-half of last season and now I want to help the team," Lee added.

He joins Mainz with compatriot Dong-won Ji leaving to join South Korean club FC Seoul in the K-League.



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp