Kim Min-jae (26) did not play full-time for the first time since joining Napoli (Italy). Local media were wary of expanding interpretation, saying, “It was a break, nothing more, nothing less.”
Italy’s ‘Tuto Napoli’ said on the 10th (Korean time), “The rumor that Kim Min-jae’s muscles have hardened due to accumulated fatigue is not true. He just needed to rest.”
‘Tuto Napoli’ is an online media specializing in the Italian soccer team SSC Napoli, which has been the number one visitor for 18 consecutive years. On the 9th, Kim Min-jae started as a central defender in the 2022-23 Serie A round 17 away match against Sampdoria, but was replaced after playing only the first half.
Napoli is the leader in Serie A, 4th in the UEFA league rankings, with 14 wins, 2 draws, 1 loss, +26 points, and 44 points 토토사이트. On the 14th, we will play the 18th round home game against Juventus.
Juventus are in the second place group with defending champions AC Milan with 37 points. ‘Tuto Napoli’ said, “There was an argument that Coach Luciano Spalletti (63, Italy) replaced the coach in consideration of a big match to predict injury,” but “Kim Min-jae was just tired.”
The coaching staff under Spalletti also said, “There are no injuries. ‘Tuto Napoli’ explained that he was relieved after receiving a report about Kim Min-jae, saying, “I don’t have to worry about whether I can play against Juventus.”
Kim Min-jae signed a contract with Napoli six months ago by giving Fenerbahce (Turkiye) 18.05 million euros (24.1 billion won). 18.05 million euros is the highest transfer fee ever for a defender in Turkish professional football, which ranks 12th in the European league rankings.
With the joining of Naples, Kim Min-jae was used as a full-time digester 15 times in Serie A. He drew attention because he was a midway substitute after 16 games. In September 2022, the Italian Football Federation and in October, the Monthly MVP selected by the Professional Football Players Association were awarded one after another.
As soon as Kim Min-jae made his debut in the UEFA Champions League, the world’s best club competition, he played all 540 minutes of 6 matches in the round of 32 as a center back.
Napoli advanced to the round of 16 of the 2022-23 Champions League with 5 wins, 1 loss, +14 points, 15 points and 1st place in Group A, raising the European club rankings by three places. Kim Min-jae has established himself as a key defender in a world-class team.