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First interview: Lee Young-Pyo

Posted on 8 September 2005  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Lee Young-Pyo checked in for his first full training session at the Lodge and revealed his delight over making the switch to Spurs from PSV Eindhoven.

The South Korean international was one of three players to complete a move to the Lane on transfer deadline day and the player Martin Jol describes as one of the best left-backs playing in Europe told us his first impressions favourable ones.

"It is great and I feel so good," said the 28-year-old, who spent three years at PSV. "The pitches are good and so are the people here - everything is fine.

"It was a little bit difficult to leave because I had a good relationship with PSV, but I wanted this transfer to Tottenham and I am so happy to be here.

"I wanted to play in England and Tottenham is a very good team. I heard from players in the Netherlands and other countries that Tottenham is a good place to be - and I think so too.

"I have known about Tottenham for a long time and this is a very big chance for me. I knew about Martin Jol from Holland and I would like to thank him for bringing me here. I will try to do my best for Tottenham."

Young-Pyo's career really took off during World Cup 2002 which was co-hosted by Japan and his homeland. Not long after South Korea's successful campaign, that saw them reach the semi-final stage, he followed his national team coach Guss Hiddink to Holland and enjoyed the experience of Champions League football - in which PSV reached the semi-final stage last season.

"It is was a very important turning point for me and after it I got to move to Europe. The second turning point was the Champions League and now coming here is a very big thing in my personal history," he added, before being pressed on describing himself as a player.

"My football style is a little bit attacking, but my first mission is defending. If I get the chance I will attack and that is my style."