Striker Vedat Muriqi, who boasted fantastic chemistry with Lee Kang-in (PSG) during his time at RCD Mallorca, attracted attention by mentioning Lee Kang-in during an interview.
In an interview with Spanish media ‘Cadena Ser’ on the 22nd (Korean time), Muriki praised Lee Kang-in, saying, “Lee Kang-in is special and cannot be compared to his Mallorca colleagues.”
Muri Key, a 194cm tall striker from Kosovo, had his best year in Mallorca last season, showing off fantastic chemistry with Lee Kang-in. Muriki, who was brought in on loan in January last year and performed well before moving permanently to Mallorca ahead of the 2022/23 season, recorded 15 league goals and 3 assists, ranking tied for 4th in La Liga scoring.
It was no exaggeration to say that Lee Kang-in’s cross aimed at Muriki’s head last season was Mallorca’s main attack route. Lee Kang-in posted 6 assists in La Liga last season, 3 of which were thanks to Muriki headers.
The ‘Lee Kang-in-Muriki’ combination has made a name for itself as the best duo in La Liga, and thanks to the performance of the two Suns, Mallorca, which took 16th place while fighting relegation last season, finished the 2022/23 season in 9th place in the league (14 wins, 8 draws). They had a successful year, finishing with 16 losses and 50 points.
The ‘Lee Kang-in-Muriki’ combination that turned Mallorca into a mid-tier team was disbanded when Lee Kang-in transferred to French Ligue 1 champion PSG (Paris Saint-Germain) on July 9. PSG paid a transfer fee of 22 million euros (about 31.3 billion won) to Mallorca and signed a five-year contract with Lee Kang-in until June 2028.
About two months have passed since she broke up with Lee Kang-in, and Muriki could not hide her longing for Lee Kang-in, who was her best partner. Muriki, who scored 15 league goals last season, was silent for four consecutive league games since the start of the 2023/24 season, which started without Lee Kang-in, and scored his first goal of the season in the 5th round match against Celta Vigo in La Liga on the 17th.
Muriki, who had tasted a goal for the first time in a long time, was asked a variety of questions in an interview with Cadena Ser, including his thoughts on scoring, and drew attention by mentioning Lee Kang-in during the interview.
Muriki said, “I can’t compare Lee Kang-in to anyone in Mallorca, because he is special. After the game against Cadiz, someone asked me who the good player was, and I said Lee Kang-in.”
He went on to say, “Lee Kang-in has talent and potential. Everyone saw him last year, and he is now in a great team,” and he heaped praise on his former partner, who now plays for PSG.
Regarding Lee Kang-in’s style, Muriki said, “Lee Kang-in keeps cutting back, moves once, twice, three times, and when you think the ball is not coming, a cross comes at the most unexpected moment. That’s what Lee Kang-in has.” evaluated.
Also, regarding Spanish midfielder Sergi Darder, whom Mallorca brought in as a replacement for Lee Kang-in, he said, “He has a lot of qualifications, and he knows football and me well, so he tries to give me the ball.” He added, “It’s still early, but if everything goes well, Sergi will be the next player to replace Lee Kang-in.” “I think I can surpass the four help you gave me.”토토사이트
Meanwhile, Lee Kang-in, who broke up with Muriki and joined PSG, is also competing fiercely as he joins one of the world’s best clubs. Lee Kang-in, who has played in three games to date, has not yet been able to increase his offensive points in his PSG debut, and suffered a quadriceps injury ahead of the September international match, putting him out of action for a while.
Currently, Lee Kang-in left PSG and arrived in Hangzhou, China, joining the Asian Games team led by coach Hwang Sun-hong. Hwang Seon-hong, who is aiming for a third consecutive Asian Games title, wanted to call up national team ace Lee Kang-in, and at PSG’s request, he left Paris after the UEFA Champions League match against Borussia Dortmund on the 20th at 1pm local time on the 20th. Entered Hangzhou in 45 minutes.
Lee Kang-in, who came to China immediately after playing a game in Europe, took a break to adapt to the time difference and local environment rather than participating in the game right away. Despite the absence of Lee Kang-in, Hwang Seon-hong, who won 9-0 in the first match of Group E of the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games against Kuwait on the 19th, also defeated Thailand in the second match 4-0 on the 21st.
With Lee Kang-in watching the game from the stands, Korea won two consecutive wins in the group stage by completely defeating Thailand by four goals, and the previously held match between Bahrain and Kuwait ended in a 1-1 draw, confirming their advancement to the round of 16 as first place in the group regardless of the result of the final match. .
The national team will play the final group match against Bahrain at Jinhua Sports Center Stadium in Jinhua, China at 8:30 pm on the 24th. Prior to that, open training will be held on the afternoon of the 22nd, and this training will be the first training with Lee Kang-in and the players. It is known that Lee Kang-in plans to meet with reporters and say hello to fans during this training.
Since the result of the game is not important, there is a possibility that Lee Kang-in will play for a short period of time to adapt and manage his condition, but in an interview after the match against Thailand, Coach Hwang said, “It is a bit early to talk about Lee Kang-in’s participation. Check his condition. “Doing it first comes first. I will choose whether or not to participate after considering many things. As of now, that’s the case,” he answered.
On the other hand, the players were hoping to play with Lee Kang-in as soon as possible. Hong Hyun-seok (KAA Gent), who scored the first goal against Thailand, said, “If I give the ball to Kang-in, he will do everything on his own.” He added, “I don’t know if I will play with Kang-in in the third game or not, but if I do play, I think we will have to work well together.” I expected it.
The national team’s ‘eldest brother’ Park Jin-seop (Jeonbuk Hyundai) also said, “Everyone is feeling the influence of (Lee) Kang-in. It is clear that Kang-in’s arrival will be a great help to the team,” and “I hope Kang-in will control his condition well.” He welcomed Lee Kang-in’s joining.