Chung-Yong Reveals Disappointment at Failed Bolton Move

  • February 07, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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Lee Chung-Yong has spoken of his disappointment, after a proposed loan move to Bolton collapsed on transfer deadline day.

Chung-Yong, who made 195 appearances for Wanderers between 2009 and 2015, is out-of-favour at Crystal Palace and had looked set to spend the last six months of his contract at Macron Stadium, giving him the best possible opportunity to represent his native South Korea at the upcoming World Cup

However, an injury to Bakary Sako prompted a re-think at Selhurst Park, with Palace officials calling the deal off and forcing the 29-year-old to remain at the club as backup, leaving Chung-Yong in the difficult position of being left in limbo.

"What happened last week was I ready to go up north but I got a text from Tim Coe (Chief Scout) and Dougie Freedman (Sporting Director)," Chung-Yong told the Croyden Advertiser.

"Unfortunately, it was down to Bakary Sako's injury and that they had to keep me at Palace and it was the best choice for the team.

"I was upset a little bit. I was at home, ready to go with my family when I got told, packing my stuff.

"I hadn't quite left, but I nearly had. I do have to think about the team, but it was a great opportunity for me to go and play.

"I tried to tell Dougie, the manager (Roy Hodgson) and the chairman (Steve Parish), but nothing changed. So on Wednesday I was really disappointed.

"Bolton were also disappointed, but I couldn't change anything. Maybe, if Bakary wasn't injured, I could have gone.

"I had to clear my head and now my focus is on my team. Now, I am OK and a bit calmer, but last week it was a little bit difficult to focus on training because of my disappointment of the situation.

"The manager and chairman have apologised to me, so I accept that and I have forgotten about the move to Bolton.

"My focus is back on my job and training to get a chance."

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