Van Lam has a contract with Muangthong until May 2022.  Photo: Anh Khoa.

Dang Van Lam refused to return to the V-League

Having been pursued by Ho Chi Minh City before the V-League 2021, but Vietnamese goalkeeper Dang Van Lam still refused.

Dang Van Lam’s future is a big question mark, due to problems with the contract with the current club Muangthong United. He reached a preliminary agreement with Cerezo Osaka of Japan, but hesitated after receiving offers from two European clubs, Dynamo Moscow (Russia) and Sporting Braga (Portugal).

Recently, Ho Chi Minh City contacted, proposed to sign a contract with Van Lam but failed. According to the source of VnExpress, the Thong Nhat home team pursued Van Lam and Lee Nguyen before the 2021 season. But at that time, the overseas Vietnamese goalkeeper refused. He is said to be no longer interested in the V-League, and wants to find challenges in higher football backgrounds. Ho Chi Minh City therefore only won the signature of Lee Nguyen.

Van Lam has a contract with Muangthong until May 2022. Image: Anh Khoa.

Ho Chi Minh City owns two goalkeepers, Nguyen Thanh Thang and Bui Tien Dung. In particular, Thanh Thang is the number one choice because of his experience and sure to catch the ball, and Tien Dung is the hero of U23 Vietnam in the Asian tournament in 2018.

Van Lam was born in 1993 to a Vietnamese father. He first came to the V-League to try in 2011 but was unsuccessful in the HAGL shirt and even considered retiring, before being given the opportunity by Hai Phong in 2015. During his four years in Lach Tray, he gradually asserted He was qualified and was summoned by Coach Park Hang-seo to become the number one goalkeeper of the Vietnamese team.

In early 2019, Muangthong paid Hai Phong $ 500,000 in exchange for Van Lam’s signature, making him the most expensive goalkeeper in the history of the club.

Recently, due to no longer being arrested regularly, plus the Thai League was constantly delayed because of Covid-19, Van Lam decided to find a way to leave Muangthong. Since the dispute, he has not attended the gathering club.

Van Lam continued to 'carry the team' to help Muangthong United win

Van Lam’s excellent saves in Muangthong’s shirt.

Last week, Muangthong filed a lawsuit against Van Lam to FIFA for unilaterally terminating the contract. On Monday, January 25, Muangthong President Wilak Lohtong expressed his anger at the Vietnamese goalkeeper. He said the team did not stop Van Lam from coming to Cerezo Osaka, but wanted “everything to go according to the right process”.

Thai media said that Van Lam was unprofessional, because he was still in the contract protection period, which lasted two seasons from the signing date, for players whose contracts expired after their 28th birthday like Van Lam. In response, Van Lam and his representative Andrey Grushin confirmed that they did not violate the law, because Muangthong had voluntarily cut and did not pay salary for the past two months – a sufficient condition for Van Lam to be free to leave.

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