Lee Jae-sung and Kim Min-jae are national team teammates. However, they play for different teams in the Bundesliga. After spending the summer in Korea, Lee Jae-sung looks forward to facing Kim as they rejoin their German groups.
According to sports news reports, Lee is returning to Mainz for the 2023-24 season. It is his third year with the team and sixth year playing in Bundesliga.
Lee said he would do his best for Mainz. Also, he will get the chance to play against Kim, who recently signed with Bayern Munich.
Lee Jae-sung and Kim Min-jae in Bundesliga
Both have been mainstays on the Korean national team for years, and they played together with Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors in the K League in 2017 and 2018. After leading his previous side Napoli to their first Serie A triumph in 33 years last season, Lee has little doubt that Kim will be just as successful in Germany.
With Kim’s signing, the champions of the Bundesliga now have three Korean players (Kim, Lee, and VfB Stuttgart’s Jeong Woo-yeong) in the league. According to betting odds experts, Jeong moved to Stuttgart from another Bundesliga club SC Freiburg lately.
Lee extended his contract with Mainz through 2026. Thus the three Korean players will compete against each other in Bundesliga. After a productive season with his club, Mainz extended Lee’s contract last month. He scored seven goals and assisted on four more in 34 league appearances in 2022-23, the most goals and assists in his Bundesliga career.
On August 20, 2023, Mainz will play FC Union Berlin in their opening league game of the 2023-24 Bundesliga season. On October 21, Mainz will host Bayern in the first leg of the Korean derby between Kim and Lee.
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