Manchester: Lee Geum-min has become the latest Korea Republic women’s national team star to join an English club, signing a two-season deal with 2018-19 FA Women’s Super League heavyweights Manchester City.
The 25-year-old arrives at the club from Korean outfit Gyeongju KHNP FC, following in the footsteps of national team colleagues Ji So-yun and Cho So-hyun, who have both impressed in England.
In joining Manchester City, Lee becomes teammates with some of the stars of the English game, including national team captain Steph Houghton and six-goal FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 striker Ellen White.
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The move also affords Lee the opportunity to play in the UEFA Women’s Champions League, with Manchester City having already qualified for this season’s final 32 by virtue of a second-place finish in their 2018-19 FA Women’s Super League campaign.
Lee, who was part of the Korean team that won the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in 2010, told the club’s website she was delighted to have confirmed the move.
“I’m very honoured to be here,” said the forward. “Manchester City – the name itself – is very attractive to me and I want to experience the English league.
“I know there are many good teams in the English league and many good players. I know from my own experience that they are strong, fast and very technical.
“I have watched them at the World Cup and also I know Ji So-yun and Cho So-hyun very well. We talked about English football so many times. They gave me some practical advice as well, especially on what I need to bring and the English language.”
Manchester City head coach Nick Cushing said it was Lee’s performances in Korea Republic’s FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 campaign which caught his attention, setting the wheels in motion for the transfer.
“We watched Korea in the World Cup and we were really impressed by Geum-min - her ability to go one-v-one against players in the attacking third and her ability to create chances and score goals,” said the 2019 Women’s FA Cup-winning boss.
“Initially, we saw her at the World Cup and then we saw a lot of footage from her Club team in Korea.
“She’s not only a good player, but she has a lot of potential to improve and grow. We think we can help her to do that here at Manchester City.”
Manchester City’s league campaign begins with a blockbuster local derby against newly-promoted Manchester United on September 7, while Korea Republic will meet the world champion US national team on October 3 and 6.
Photo: Manchester City
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