Chung Yong-Lee is enjoying his first taste of America as part of Bolton's pre-season preparations this summer.

The South Korean international is on his first trip stateside, and unlike the vast majority of professional footballers, is enjoying the rigours of fitness training on return from an elongated summer break.

"I have played football in too many countries to name, but I've never been to America," explained the 22-year-old.

"I'm enjoying it because it is the first time that I've been together with the players since the first day of pre-season training. Two years ago I only joined three days before the first Premier League game and last summer I had two weeks extra because of the World Cup.

"Training has been hard but I'm happy to be here with everyone. Last week I felt like I was at 50 percent fitness, but now I'm at 60 percent. I'm taking it step-by-step."




 

Signed from FC Seoul, Chung-Yong enjoyed the longest spell without playing full during his career this summer, with three weeks worth of rest time before returning for the Trotters camp with manager Owen Coyle.

Vastly experienced at international level already, the player made two appearances for his country post-season before jetting home to spend some time with his family. Now, he's back and raring to go with his teammates in Florida.

"We had two international games against Serbia and Ghana and a charity match in Korea in June. I play a lot of football," added the winger, who has now earned 40 caps for his country since debuting in 2008.

"I spent the rest of the summer back in Korea with my friends and family. It was good to go home to speak in my own language and eat some South Korean food.

"It was still longer than I've had before, so I'm not complaining. I don't think there has ever been a time when I haven't played a match for five weeks."

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