Lee Chung-Yong a player here at From the Tofu Bowl we used to love watching his still without a club. Lee's contract with English side Crystal Palace expired at the end of the season in June.
Now with the new season getting underway around Europe, the Korean is still unable to find a club. The player who made his name with Bolton in England it is understood was keen on a return to the club.
This unfortunately for the player looks like a no go due to work permit issues. As his representatives commented last week “It’s difficult to actually join a team in England due to the problem of the working visa.”
The reason for this is when your an international for a side further down the FIFA rankings the gaining of a work permit becomes more problematic. With South Korea now sitting 57th in the FIFA World Rankings they are not seen as a top nation.
Now with Lee now not getting called up for his country an improvement in the countries rankings would not be relevant.
It looks like the player still has options in Belgium and Turkey, although the A-League in Australia and clubs in Japan are also being seriously considered.
The 30-year-old is not looking for his last payday and it is said he wants to join a club where he can play regularly having only made six appearances for his side last season.
Meanwhile, the player said to the Korean press; “I do not stick to the big league name. I am looking for a team that can steadily play the game again by raising my playing power.”
Here at From the Tofu Bowl, we will keep a close eye on developments and hopefully, the midfielder can find a club soon and return to full fitness.