Naples ‘Wall of Wailing’ Kim Min-jae, No concerns about injury! Go straight to the UCL quarterfinals
National soccer team defender Kim Min-jae (27, Naples)’s eyes are on the ‘dream stage’ of the European Football Federation (UEFA) Champions League (UCL).
Napoli (Italy) will play the UCL round of 16 second leg against Frankfurt (Germany) at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium on the 16th at 5 am (Korean time)메이저놀이터. They won 2-0 in the first leg of the away game last month and are likely to advance to the quarterfinals.
Kim Min-jae, who started his professional career at K-League 1 Jeonbuk Hyundai and went to Beijing Guoan (China) and Fenerbahce (Turkiye), first stepped on the UCL stage when he moved to Naples last summer, but quickly adapted without much difficulty. Napoli’s key defender Kim Min-jae is expected to make a sortie this time as well.
Fortunately, he is not injured. On the 11th, he complained of pain in his right calf after attempting a tackle during the home game of round 26 of Italian Serie A in the 2022-2023 season against Atalanta, and was replaced by Joao Jejus, but did not leave the line. He immediately improved his condition by digesting team training and individual recovery training.
The right calf for Kim Min-jae is a sensitive area. During the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, he suffered a similar injury and had difficulty recovering. However, he showed off his extraordinary resilience by participating in team training a day after complaining of pain.
Minjae Kim is an indispensable presence in Naples. As long as he plays, there aren’t many factors that could threaten Napoli. Napoli did not concede a single point in the last 7 official matches Kim Min-jae endured. “He is the best defender in the world, at least to me,” Napoli coach Luciano Spalletti said. He highly praised him, saying, “He plays more than 20 roles in every game,” and Italian legend defender Fabio Cannavaro, who went through Napoli, also said, “I develop every moment. It is very impressive,” he raised his thumb.
Meanwhile, British media such as Talk Sports reported on the 14th that “Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham are interested in the Napoli star (Kim Min-jae).” Kim Min-jae has a buyout clause of 43 million pounds (approximately 68.5 billion won), all of which are big clubs in the Premier League (EPL) who can readily afford to open their wallets.