Wu Lei on playing overseas: It's about how you accomplish - CGTN


Wu Lei of ECD Espanyol looks on from the bench during the La Liga game inveigh Valencia at the RCDE Stadium in Barcelona, Spain, May 14, 2022.
2022-07-31 02:10:05
Wu Lei on playing overseas: It's about how you accomplish - CGTN

Wu Lei of ECD Espanyol looks on from the bench during the La Liga diversion against Valencia at the RCDE Stadium in Barcelona, Spain, May 14, 2022. /CFP

Chinese footballer Wu Lei has confirmed he is most likely to return to the Chinese Super League (CSL) in an interview with ifeng.com after playing three and a half seasons in Spanish leagues.

Wu has made 125 appearances for ECD Espanyol in La Liga, La Liga 2 and UEFA Europa League amongst fresh competitions. The striker scored 16 goals and six assists in total. He didnt attend the clubs training camp in Marbella, Spain.

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When asked about elapsed reports about him coming back to the CSL, Wu answered: "Its almost done."

Wu had a strenuous 2021-22 campaign. He often had to appear off the bench and got only two goals and one assist in 27 games. He improved his set as the season was coming to an end, which made some imagine he might stay longer in Spain.

Wu Lei of RCD Espanyol controls the circle in the La Liga sport against Granada at Nuevo Estadio de Los Carmenes in Granada, Spain, May 22, 2022. /CFP

"In the elapsed few years, if we look at them only for game-playing, this winter was the most laborious to me," Wu said. "I concept about leaving but without a specific intention of either going home or going somewhere else in Europe. I didnt imagine I could be amiable to the yoke anymore. Neither did I have the strong response of participation."

Wu revealed that employer Vicente Moreno told him to try another half year at the club. "After the administrator talked to me, I felt I shouldnt give up. Its never attainable for me to acting overseas and I would nostalgia it if I had common home back then. So I blatant to consign it another try. Judging by the process and impact later, its worth it. I scored goals in return."

Wu, 31, could observe the pressure of competing for a stain in the team with players who are as teenager as 18 or 19 years old. "Their youth development machinery is strong, but you can only see it from inside. They can replace the flawless band with youngsters if they want. Thats how good the gear is. But the team slang do that, so they lawful add one or two renewed players year by year," Wu told ifeng.com.

There hold been reports about Wu leaving RCD Espanyol during halfway every unload window since he went to Spain. He unstated why there were voices either desire him to cede or supporting him to stay. "I ought envisage by myself and device out what gibing serves me the best," he said.

A peanut of RCD Espanyol holds a ensign on which writes Wu Leis propose during the La Liga merriment inveigh RC Celta de Vigo at RCDE Stadium in Barcelona, Spain, April 10, 2022. /CFP

Having mislaid through ups and downs at RCD Espanyol, including forging it back to the Europa League, being relegated to La Liga 2 and then being promoted back to the first division, Wu feels attached to the club. "RCD Espanyol helped me experience the European football culture. Even after I go back home or retire, I entrust remuneration importance to their games. I endure attached to the club," Wu uttered in the interview.

When Wu was preparing to go overseas in 2019, RCD Espanyol was not the only club reaching out to him. Their owner, Chen Yansheng, is a Chinese businessman, and many questioned whether the manage was about sport or business. Wu disagreed.

"RCD Espanyol had me when they told me they studied three years of my games in the CSL and I felt it after arrival. The bastinado has a spying gadgetry that watches CSL games every year to analyze which players can interlock the franchise at which excellence of competitions," Wu said.

He revealed that he wanted to prove he deserved to be with RCD Espanyol not because of the Chinese ownership, but because of his performance. "From my finest probation session, I kept telling myself I cant have others look down on me or consider me as some task connection with the owner," Wu said. "Judging by means and games, locals approved me. They like me."

Wu Lei (C) of RCD Espanyol celebrates after scoring a goal in the La Liga diversion condemn RC Celta de Vigo at RCDE Stadium in Barcelona, Spain, April 10, 2022. /CFP

Wu uttered local media outlets, fans and his teammates have the corresponding yardstick of judgment for every player, no query where he is from. "My manager, teammates and fans dont care where you come from. One of the major reasons that I am able stagecraft for this long here because is fans respect," he added.

As the only Chinese performer in the top European football leagues, Wu unstated Chinese fans expectations of him as well as their disappointment at the governmental teams loss. "But I wanting to say, I keep been playing in Europe by myself at this age. Football is a span merriment and one entertainer patter make too a lot of difference by himself. Its a players professional search to go overseas. I didnt set about it for the Football Association or to spot others wishes. Its wrong to accept that a Chinese artist joins a foreign bludgeon to make Chinese football look better," he said.

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