‘Blue and blue together for two more years!’
‘Blue Dragon’ Lee Chung-yong (35) has confirmed an extension of his accompaniment with Ulsan Hyundai in the K-League 1 of the professional soccer league. As a ‘defending champion’, he will give strength to his team in the new season.
Ulsan recently signed a new contract with Lee Chung-yong, the 2022 K-League 1 MVP and captain who led the team to victory. We will be together for two years until 2024.” 안전놀이터
Lee Chung-yong wore the Ulsan uniform as the club’s best treatment in 2020. He returned to his parent league at the age of about to reach his mid-30s, but the class was still the same. In the first year of his transfer, he won Ulsan’s second Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League (ACL) championship trophy. And in the 2022 season, he contributed to winning the league for the first time in 17 years. He played his part in various positions such as the existing 2nd line, 3rd line and side defense.
As a result, he became the most shining star of the 2022 season, MVP. Although he didn’t have many attack points, he showed off his brother’s leadership and was credited with winning the championship trophy in Ulsan, which had been in second place in the league for 10 years with ‘runner-up DNA’.
Lee Chung-yong said at the time of winning the championship last season, “I will help Ulsan lift more trophies with the league championship as an opportunity.” Ulsan coach Hong Myung-bo predicted a tougher season than the 2023 season. Jeonbuk Hyundai, which has been deprived of the throne, is trying to regain the top by embracing Wing Lee Dong-jun (26), a former national team player from Ulsan, and Amano Jun (32), who played an active role in Ulsan until last season.
Lee Cheong-yong said, “I am happy to be able to deliver the news that many people have been waiting for. I had no intention of leaving the people who warmly welcomed me from three years ago and encouraged me until the end. I think this contract renewal is not just a contract, but a promise made with the club and fans,” he said. “I will do my best wearing a blue uniform to keep my promise.”
It is Lee Cheong-yong looking at the original intention. This is the reason why the official photo announcing the news of the contract renewal was taken at Daewangam Park, where it was taken three years ago. Lee Cheong-yong made up his mind, saying, “I will go back to the beginning and run harder to win the championship.”