Technical manager Peter Bosz officially presented Chun-Soo Lee to the assembled press at De Kuip Monday afternoon. Bosz expressed his delight at Lee’s arrival in the country after such a long wait. ‘After the sale of Romeo Castelen and Royston Drenthe we had an urgent need of a player on the left. In Lee, we now have someone who can play on the flanks and behind the strikers.’ Lee will train with his new team-mates Monday afternoon.

The aim is to get Lee up to match fitness as quickly as possible. The player has not trained with his former club Ulsan Hyundai since agreeing a deal with Feyenoord and although he has tried to stay in peak condition, Lee is understandable a little off the pace.

Bosz also identified another urgent problem that Lee needs to address, namely the language. ‘We’ll be giving him a lot of help him at the club.’ Lee himself said that he wishes to learn Dutch as quickly as possible.
After a disappointing spell in Spain Lee took his time to weigh up his options when Feyenoord’s offer came in. ‘I thought long and hard about whether I should return to Europe. But Feyenoord is a good team, this club is known throughout the world. I also knew that Chung-Gug Song has played here and I’ve seen a lot of Feyenoord’s matches on TV. That’s why I wanted to play here and I opted for Feyenoord.’

Lee has experience of the Dutch style of play too after playing under Pim Verbeek and Dick Advocaat in the South Korea national team. ‘I learned a lot from them in terms of tactics,’ said Lee. ‘So I expect few problems when it comes to adapting to the team.’

Lee was presented with his new Feyenoord number 16 shirt, at which point he pulled out a cuddly bear to the great amusement of the attending hacks. It may be Lee who has the last laugh however, as the South Korea explained with a wink that he plans to start selling the toy dressed in a Feyenoord jersey in his homeland.

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