Football: Korea's Lee Kang-in joins Valencia first team

Football: Korea's Lee Kang-in joins Valencia first team

Lee Kang-in
Valencia's South Korean forward Lee Kang-in runs with the ball during the Spanish Copa del Rey (King's Cup) quarter-final first leg football match between Getafe and Valencia at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez stadium in Getafe on Jan 22, 2019. (BENJAMIN CREMEL/AFP)

VALENCIA, Spain: Valencia have promoted South Korean teenager Lee Kang-in to their Liga first team, the Spanish club announced on Wednesday (Jan 30).

Lee, who turns 18 next month, will make the step-up after playing for Valencia's reserve team, VCF Mestalla.

"Valencia CF have registered Kang-in Lee on Wednesday as a new player of the first team squad," a club statement read. "The young Korean footballer will wear the number 16 shirt."

After joining Valencia's youth set-up in 2011, Lee signed a permanent contract last summer until 2022.

He made his senior debut in October, in a 2-1 win over CD Ebro in the Copa del Rey, and then appeared in La Liga earlier this month, against Real Valladolid and Villarreal, both times as a substitute.

He will now join Marcelino's squad on a regular basis as Valencia, sitting seventh, look to break into the Champions League qualification places.

Source: AFP/de