Lee Chung-yong boost for Bolton as midfielder signs new deal until 2013

25 November 2010 01:18
Deal me in: Lee is staying with Wanderers[LNB]Bolton winger Lee Chung-yong has committed his long-term future to the club. [LNB]The South Korea international has signed a contract extension until 2013. [LNB]Lee, 24, has been in sparkling form for Bolton, who are lying fifth in the table going into the Barclays Premier League match against Blackpool on Saturday.[LNB] Manager Owen Coyle said: 'We have signed Lee on a contract extension. It is great news for the club that such a talented player will be here for a long time.' [LNB]Lee follows in the footsteps of team-mates Fabrice Muamba, Stuart Holden and Danny Ward in signing a contract extension at the Reebok Stadium. [LNB]Coyle, who arrived in January from Burnley, believes the future is looking ever brighter at the club. [LNB]He said: 'These extensions show we are looking to build a club. I am very forward thinking in trying to improve and help these young players on our journey. [LNB]'With the talent he has Lee is getting better day by day and I am thrilled he has signed up. [LNB]'What I am wary of is we do not burn him out as he has played two years without a break. He managed to have three weeks off after the World Cup that's all.'[LNB] Lee, who arrived from FC Seoul last summer, has started all 14 league games this season and weighed in with two goals. [LNB] Decision time: Elmander is out of contract at the end of the season[LNB]Meanwhile, chairman Phil Gartside has begun the process of trying to retain the services of in-form striker Johan Elmander, whose existing deal runs out in the summer. [LNB]The Swede is enjoying a purple patch after a difficult time and has already scored eight goals in the Premier League this term. [LNB]Coyle said: 'Phil has had talks with Johan's representative and that will be ongoing. It is something I am very comfortable with. [LNB]'Johan has been terrific from day one and if they decide they want it to run its course into January, then so be it. [LNB]'I have no problems with that. Johan is well within his rights to do what is right for himself and his family.' [LNB] Williamson hit with three-match ban for head-butting Bolton's ElmanderFormer Bolton striker Ricketts training with ex-boss Allardyce at BlackburnBolton move to secure long-term future of hotshot striker ElmanderBOLTON WANDERERS FC

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