Dong-gyeong Lee to join FC Schalke 04 on loan

FC Schalke 04 will add one more attacker to their ranks on the final day of the transfer window, with Dong-gyeong Lee to join the Royal Blues from South Korean top-flight side Ulsan Hyundai. The 24-year-old will join on loan until the end of the season, with S04 holding the option to make the move permanent. The registration of the transfer is subject to approval from the relevant authorities.

Dong-gyeong Lee

“Dong-gyeong Lee has been on our radar for some time. Our head scout André Hechelmann went to South Korea to watch him live in person. We are convinced of his potential,” said sporting director Rouven Schröder. “Lee’s technical skills stand out. He can make an impact with just a few touches and has the quality to find space in tight and congested situations. He will bring even more goalscoring threat, variability and unpredictability to the team.”

Dong-gyeong Lee will bring even more goalscoring threat, variability and unpredictability to the team.

Rouven Schröder

The South Korea international is full of anticipation for his move. “I chose Schalke 04 very carefully. This will be my first foreign club, which is a huge honour for me. I want to play my part in making sure Schalke are playing in the Bundesliga again as soon as possible.”

South Korea international and Olympics participant

Lee began his career at the age of eight at the Daegu Hwawon Elementary School. He joined the youth academy of Ulsan Hyundai in 2010, where he spent five years. After two seasons at Hongik University, he moved back to Ulsan where he has been since January 2018, including a six-month loan spell at Anyang FC. Lee helped his team lift the AFC Champions League in 2020, the same year that he won the Asia Cup with South Korea U23s.

The forward earned his first full international cap in September 2019 and has gone on to win a total of six caps, scoring one goal – which came during the current World Cup qualifying campaign. Lee also made four appearances for his country at the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2021, scoring two goals.

Lee will return to South Korea this evening to rejoin the national team camp as they prepare to take on Syria in an important World Cup qualifier on Tuesday (1/2).

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