Rival Japan is showing great interest in whether Lee Kang-in (22, Mallorca) will participate in the Asian Games.
The under-24 (U-24) national team led by coach Hwang Seon-hong gathered at Paju NFC on the 15th and conducted training. It is a convocation in preparation for the 2023 Hangzhou Asian Games to be held in September. The Hangzhou Asian Games were postponed for a year in the aftermath of Corona 19, and the age limit was expanded to 24 years old.
The power of the championship candidate Korea is a decisive factor in whether or not Lee Kang-in is summoned. Coach Hwang Seon-hong is communicating with his team, Mallorca, to summon Lee Kang-in. However, as Lee Kang-in is rumored to be transferred to a Premier League club this summer, it is unclear whether the Asian Games will be called.
If you win a gold medal in the Asian Games, you can receive military service exemption. This is a very important issue for Lee Kang-in to continue building his career in Europe. However, it is doubtful whether European clubs will give Lee Kang-in consideration for the Asian Games, which do not have a mandatory draft clause. 안전놀이터
Rival Japan is also very interested in Lee Kang-in’s participation. On the 16th, ‘Nikkan Sports’ said, “First of all, coach Hwang Seon-hong is convening and training K-leagues without Lee Kang-in. Coach Hwang Seon-hong is showing confidence in hiring Lee Kang-in. This is because Lee Kang-in’s exemption from military service depends on the Asian Games. Son Heung-min was also exempted from military service by winning a gold medal in the same event in 2018.”
Korea’s power, where Lee Kang-in plays, is a target for Japan’s vigilance. ‘Nikkan Sports’ said, “Lee Kang-in currently belongs to Mallorca, but there is a high possibility of transferring to a Premier League club. For the Asian Games in September, there is no mandatory provision for selection, so you need permission from your team. Even for European clubs, it is risky to recruit Korean players who have not completed their military service by the age of 30.”