Freedman Explains Chung-Yong Contract Situation

  • July 18, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Lee Chung-Yong's future as a Bolton player has been put under the spotlight, with manager Dougie Freedman doubtful the club can afford to retain his wages.

Chung-Yong recently entered the final 12 months of his contract at the Macron Stadium and is about to embark on his sixth campaign at the club, since joining in a £2.2million transfer from FC Seoul in the summer of 2009.

The South Korea international has been linked with Hull City and Cardiff City in recent weeks and although Freedman says no offers have been forthcoming for the midfielder, he admits to being unsure about the player's long-term future with the Trotters.

"There are four or five of them in that situation," Freedman told The Bolton News. "In that respect it's a crucial year - what is the club's future?

"I'll always try to advise the board about someone I think can do a job for us now and someone who might do a job further down the line and go from there. But right now, Chungy is certainly a part of what we are trying to do.

"Contracts don't mean anything on the training ground. Players turn up on Monday morning and I want them at their best.

"If, like Chungy, they have got a year left then we need to look at the business side of it, his ambition, and the club's ambition.

"If you can marry them together, so to speak, we'll work it out.

"But if something can't be worked out, we'll shake them by the hand and wish them well.

"Nothing has come through me at all - I'm expecting him back at the beginning of next week.

"He got married last week so hopefully he comes back a happy man."

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