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Former Tottenam, PSV defender Lee enjoying anonymity in Vancouver

Vancouver Whitecaps defender Lee Young-pyo has indicated that it is nice to be able to escape the craziness of being in his homeland of South Korea.

The 34-year old former Tottenham and PSV Eindhoven full-back joined the MLS club in December and suggests that he is enjoying the anonymity that goes with playing in North America.

"Here in Canada, I can walk on the street," he told The Province.

"In Korea, I cannot. Wherever I go there's always fans, in the airport, on the street, but I'm used to it."

And Lee added that his decision to move to Vancouver was certainly not one motivated by money but one that allows him to enjoy other facets of life.

"Whitecaps was actually the one that offered the least salary," he added.

"Money's very important but I don't want to follow into the money all the time. This time, I needed to make a decision for my life.

"I was thinking of retiring, not because I cannot play soccer, but mostly because if I play more, there will be less time for me to study. But, choosing Whitecaps, I can play soccer and, at the same time, I can study about sport management."

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Andrew Slevison
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