Rising Manchester United player, Daniel James recently spilled that he’s a big fan of our very own badminton legend, Dato’ Lee Chong Wei.

The 21-year-old recently sat down for an exclusive interview with Stadium ASTRO. During the session, he recalled back during the time when he was able to meet Lee Chong Wei briefly when he was in Singapore.

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In case you didn’t know, the 3-time Olympic gold medalist is also a Man U fan himself. He was there at the Singapore National Stadium to watch the match between The Red Devils and Inter Milan. However, James revealed during the chat that he had missed the opportunity to greet him in person while signing an autograph for Chong Wei.

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“I signed something for him. When I was signing there’s a big long line. I didn’t look up too much and did not realise it was him. I would’ve recognised him if I saw him,” James recalled back the whole situation.

 

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Huge honour to hear how @daniel_james97 spoke of our acquaintance in his interview with Adam Carruthers. This is the photo showing me star struck waiting for his signature. It’s amazing how sports can bring people together. We shared conversation ever since and we are exchanging jerseys! Go for the Ballon D‘ Or my friend! Also, wish you the best against the magpies this Sunday! St James Park is not an easy place to go, they have arguably 2nd best fans in England, after Man United of course! Man United go! 运动架起友谊拉近距离🏸⚽ 我们还说好要交换球衣呢😎

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He later realised that the man was indeed THE Lee Chong Wei when the latter posted a photo (as pictured above) during the event on his Instagram account. “He sent me a picture on social media, and I said ‘I didn’t realise, if not I would have said hello and had a good conversation with him,” he added during the chat with local MC Adam Carruthers.  As a result, the 2 have become more closer as friends as James noted that they’ve been texting ever since.

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During the session, he also shared that he was previously active in the badminton court before shifting his focus to playing football. “I love badminton. I used to play quite a bit before football took over but I used to watch badminton all the time,” James said in the interview, before adding that, “Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan – the rivalry they had was amazing and Lee Chong Wei was just unbelievable to watch.”

You can watch the full clip of the interview here:

EXCLUSIVE: Daniel James

DID YOU KNOW ….Daniel James is an admirer of our very own #DatoLeeChongWei?!? Adam Carruthers found out …. watch!

Posted by Stadium Astro on Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Sources: WoB, Awani.

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