Spanish Football Federation has tried to convince Lee Kang-in to represent Spain instead of South Korea
A Valencia paper published an article announcing that one of Valencia’s young foreign stars is wanted by the Spanish Football Federation. The paper reported that they were trying to convince Valencia B player Lee Kang-in to become a naturalized Spanish citizen which would make him eligible for the Spanish national team.
He has been at Valencia for all his footballing career, and that is how is he is also eligible to become a Spanish naturalized citizen. He recently stated his desire to train with the first team which was rejected by Valencia and is considered to be a ‘wonderkid’.
Luckily for South Korea…
Lee Kang-in seems determined to represent South Korea at an international level. He has already been involved with the Korean national team at youth level and wants to be a key player for Korea in the future.
Other than playing football for Valencia and living there from a young age there isn’t any other connection between Lee and Spain, he wasn’t born there nor are either of his parents Spanish. According to Transfermarkt.com he hails from Incheon in South Korea. Therefore the determination shown by the player to represent South Korea becomes clear.
Who is Lee Kang-in
Lee Kang-in is part of a posse of young Korean footballers currently playing around Europe who people see as the bright hopes to drive the country forward in the future. Lee Kang-in is joined in that little posse of players with the likes of Seung-Ho Paik, Lee Seung-woo, Kwon Chang-hoon and Hwang Hee-chan among others.
He predominantly plays as an attacking midfielder but can fulfil a role as a winger too. A lot of videos of his goals and performances for the youth teams can be found easily enough on Youtube, and his current valuation on Transfermarket is £90,000 while Valencia has just tied him up to a new contract.