In two years, the Valencia president van, which had Lee Kang-in’s face engraved, had four people and two people.
Lee Kang-in left Valencia. His new nest is Real Majorca, where Ki Sung-yueng played in the past.
Majorca said on the 30th that he signed a four-year contract with Lee Kang-in until 2025. Lee Kang-in completes his 10-year-long trip with Valencia and takes on a new challenge. It is a choice that prioritizes opportunities for growth and leap forward.
Lee Kang-in was a rising star in Valencia. In October 2018, he made his professional debut in the King’s Cup at the age of 17 years and 10 months, and signed a first-team contract in 2019. Valencia planned and promoted the team’s future with promising Lee Kang-in.
In fact, Lee Kang-in was not given a chance in the first team. It was mainly used as a replacement card in the process of changing various coaches. Lee Kang-in has been demanding a loan transfer, but Valencia has only stressed a renewed contract. Lee Kang-in’s position decreased and only now that he refused to extend the contract, he broke up with a free contract.
Valencia’s use of youth is under fire again this time. Valencia, who failed to defend Ferran Torres (Manchester City) earlier, was disappointed that Lee Kang-in was even missed. In the transfer process, neither Lee Kang-in nor Torres earned enough transfer fees. In the meantime, Chairman Peter Lim has promoted them as a product of his youth policy, so the successive departure is fatal.
Spanish media “Marca” noted the black van that Peter Lim unveiled in 2019. At the time, he was at odds with Toral coach Marcelino Garcia, and Chairman Peter Lim carved the faces of four youth players, including Lee Kang-in, Torres, Jose Gaya and Carlos Soler, on the outside of the van. The phrase “Our Academy” emphasized building up youth policies.
However, in two years, the number of representative faces has decreased to two. “Peter Lim has always advertised his youth policy. “This justified the appointment of inexperienced coaches (Albert Selades) and the release of existing players (Danie Parejo, Francis Coklain, and Jeffrey Condogvia), but now only Gaya and Soler are left.”
“Valencia has sent Lee Kang-in, who has been the most promising player for the past 10 years, to the FA. “It is impossible to maintain a player unless he wants to stay, but spending it without economic options is a serious mistake in youth policy,” he said.