“Sonny’s senior” Cho Rong revealed the story behind Tottenham’s transfer… “Many teams offered to recruit at the time, and I wanted to play in the PL.”

Lee Young-pyo appeared on the YouTube channel “Dalsune Live” on the 22nd (Korea Standard Time) and revealed the behind-the-scenes story of the Tottenham Hotspur transfer process. 

Lee Young-pyo is one of the legends representing Korean soccer. He joined the Century Club (more than 100 A matches) by playing 127 A matches since he was first selected as a member of the Korean adult team in 1999. He was a leading figure in the semi-finals at the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup, and contributed to advancing to the round of 16 teams for the first time ever in an away game at the 2010 South African World Cup. 랭크카지노

Having made his professional debut with Anyang LG Cheetahs (currently FC Seoul), Lee joined Eindhoven, a prestigious PSV in the Netherlands, along with Park Ji-sung at the invitation of Coach Guus Hiddink. During the three seasons at Eindhoven, Lee made impressive performances of 117 games, one goal and 17 assists. 

Since then, Lee Young-pyo joined Tottenham Hotspur in the English Premier League in 2005, becoming the second Korean Premier Leaguer. Currently, he is famous for his team where Korea’s best player Son Heung-min plays, but he made a name for Lee Young-pyo’s team a long time ago. 

Lee has solidified his starting position at Tottenham as well. Gareth Bale, who later became a Real Madrid legend, was also a backup member of Lee. From the 2005-2006 season, Lee served as Tottenham’s left defense line for three seasons. He played in 92 games and was given a steady chance to play. In other words, he played more than 30 games each season. 

In 2008, he joined Borussia Dortmund, a prestigious German Bundesliga team led by Jürgen Klopp (currently Liverpool F.C.). He also played 22 matches for Dortmund as a starting player.

Lee moved his nest to Al Hilal, Saudi Arabia, in the summer of 2009, and spent his last years with the Vancouver Whitecaps in the U.S. MLS. Over the past two years, he scored one goal and six assists in 69 games, and the Whitecaps treated Korean legends with respect by handing over the captain’s armband in Lee’s retirement game.  

After his retirement, Lee Young-pyo is serving as a commentator for KBS and served as CEO of Gangwon FC until last season. He served as vice chairman of the Korea Football Association until April this year. He is a soccer commentator, soccer administrator, and entrepreneur by running a footwear start-up “Soxup.” 

Lee, who used to be seen on soccer broadcasts or SBS’s “The Girls Who Hit the Goal,” appeared on Dal-su’s live “Lee Young-pyo Invitation” run by commentator Park Moon-sung. On the show, Lee revealed his transfer story. 

At that time, there were as many as six teams that offered to recruit Lee. “We received offers from six teams. Manchester City, Newcastle United, West Ham United, FC Porto, AS Monaco, and Tottenham wanted to recruit Lee,” Lee said.

Monaco was the team that offered the most annual salary. Monaco was not obliged to pay taxes. However, Lee Young-pyo himself wanted to play in the Premier League and chose to move to Tottenham. 

However, Tottenham disappointed Lee Young-pyo. The salary offered by Tottenham was too low than expected. It was Chairman Daniel Levy who negotiated with Lee Young-pyo by offering him a low salary. 

Levy is famous for being a notorious negotiator. “Negotiating a transfer with Levy is more difficult than hemorrhoids,” manager Alex Ferguson said after negotiating with Levy on the transfer of Dimitar Berbatov.

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