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Lee Nguyen update
   March 8, 2010 (9:07 PM) by Howie Michaels     Email This Post Email This Post

Vietnam Football has a brief update on some rumors regarding Lee Nguyen, who as Matt noted was released from Hoang Anh Gia Lai after an apparent fallout with the coaching staff last month. Since then the former PSV midfielder with three US caps has been looking for a new club. VietFootball reports:

he has not come back to the States as expected and the truth is he is currently staying in Sai Gon, considering his future. Despite being a jobless player, Lee Nguyen still attracts a lot of attention from the press and fans. On Mar 3, he was seen training with Ho Chi Minh City FC, a first division club (this was true, not rumor). His sudden appearance brought a lot of supporters to the stadium that is quite strange in Sai Gon nowadays. That’s what Lee Nguyen is doing now: training with some football clubs or sometimes his fitness coach to retain his form. In short, he is still remaining in Vietnam and waiting for offers.

Lee’s father, who is working like his son’s agent in Vietnam at the moment, has recently stated that if any Vietnamese club wants Lee, they must offer a monthly salary not less than US$10,000 and 10 billion VND (US$ 530,000) of signing fee (RUMOR!). Rumor also says The Vissai Ninh Binh and Ha Noi T&T from northern part of Vietnam are interested despite his high demand.

However, I think Lee would only sign for another Vietnamese club if it is ‘ambitious’, ‘professional’, ‘financially strong’ and better playing in continental competitions. There are not many clubs like that in Vietnam. Nevertheless Binh Duong emerges as biggest candidate for his signature (RUMOR!). The club is based in Thu Dau Mot, right next to Lee’s homeland and V-League 2009 runner-up, which is playing in AFC Cup, is always regarded as one of the best in Vietnam. Moreover, Binh Duong is missing one slot of foreigner after the sudden death of Argentine striker Molina. It’s gonna be perfect for both sides if a deal goes ahead. Yet Lee’s income demand is still main obstacle.

The referenced death of the Argentine striker was apparently due to an overdose last week.

Right now I would say I find Nguyen’s wanderings to be fascinating to follow if nothing else. There is a relative lack of coverage (especially in English) of the V-League, but as always we will keep you posted. Hopefully Nguyen can find a club there or perhaps strike a deal with MLS after all.

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One Response to “Lee Nguyen update”

  1. Matt says:

    I actually messaged Lee via twitter a couple weeks ago asking for an English site to follow the V-League and even he had no clue.

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