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Lee hopes for Chelsea deal

Lee hopes for Chelsea deal
By Eurosport

22/06/2007 at 10:17Updated

South Korea winger Lee Chun-Soo has denied that Chelsea are keen on him for marketing reasons. The Blues are involved in a tussle with Fulham, which seems like a more suitable destination for the 25-year-old Ulsan Tigers player who had an unsuccessful spell in Spain after the 2002 World Cup.

"I don't think Chelsea are courting me in terms of marketing," the Korea University graduate said. "They show interest because they need me.

"As for marketing, Japanese footballers are much more attractive."

Both Chelsea and Fulham are sponsored by South Korean firms, although Jose Mourinho's men - Premiership runners-up after consecutive title wins - already have Arjen Robben, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Solomon Kalou in similar positions, while England star Joe Cole often plays on the left and youngster Scott Sinclair impressed on-loan at Plymouth last season.

West London rivals Fulham, however, are looking to replace Luis Boa Morte, who they sold to West Ham in January, and would be able to offer him first-team football.

Lee then argued that his failure to settle in Spain with Real Sociedad and then Numancia should not put off prospective bidders, blaming youth for his ill-fated spell.

"When I went to Spain I was too immature, but if I have the chance again I will play with determination not to come back to Korea," he claimed.

"After failing in La Liga I thought it would be difficult to play in a European league. However, I regained my confidence by playing in World Cups and other international matches."

The free-kick specialist scored against Togo in the 2006 World Cup and was a key player in the 2002 World Cup, where they finished fourth.

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