“I really miss Kim Minjae”…Kim Minjae’s absence was desperately felt
Giuseppe Savoldi is missing Kim Min-jae.
Kim Min-jae was the centerpiece of Napoli’s defense last season. After joining Napoli from Fenerbahçe ahead of the 2022-23 season, Kim established himself as one of the team’s key defenders from the start of the campaign and played a key role as Napoli won their first Italian Serie A title in 33 years with outstanding performances throughout the season. His speed, competitiveness, ability to get forward, and passing were all essential for a center back, and he was named Serie A’s best defender and best eleven last season.무지개토토
His performance led to interest. After being linked to big clubs abroad, including Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) before the end of the season, Kim attracted interest from Bayern Munich after the summer transfer window opened. The Bavarians were in need of reinforcements in the center back position and actively courted Kim. Even while Kim was undergoing basic military training, the club was in contact with his agent, and Thomas Tuchel personally called Kim to try and convince him to stay.
In the end, Kim accepted Munich’s offer. The transfer fee was not an issue, as the terms of his contract included a buyout clause, and he left Napoli for Munich after just one season. Since joining the Bavarians, he has been a mainstay of the team, just as he was at Napoli. He has started all six of his official matches since joining the club. Munich have been delighted with his performance.
Napoli, on the other hand, are feeling his absence. In their five games since the start of the season, Napoli have won two, drawn two and lost one, scoring eight goals and conceding five. Five goals conceded in five games is about one goal per game. That doesn’t seem like a lot, but when you consider that Napoli conceded a total of 28 goals all of last season, you can see that their defense is shaky right now.
Napoli legend Savoldi, who played for the club in the past, said that Kim’s absence is a big one. In a recent interview with Italian media outlet Gazzetta dello Sport, Savoldi was asked to compare Napoli from last season to this season, and he said, “On a scale of 0 to 10, last season we were a 9, and now we can’t even get above a 6.” He went on to say about Kim’s absence.
On the absence of Kim Min-jae, he added: “I always said that I really miss him. He was the reference point for the team. If he was playing against a player, that player couldn’t play,” he said.