Local German media and coach Thomas Tuchel praised Kim Min-jae’s attitude.
Germany’s ‘TZ’ reported on the 24th (KST), “No one doubts Kim Min-jae’s success. Coach Tuchel said of Kim, ‘He is tall, fast. He is very disciplined and a reliable player’. Tuchel already had a good impression of Kim before signing him, but after seeing him in action, it was even better,” the report said.
“He will form a first-choice center-back combination with Matthijs de Ligt next season. And he wasted no time in establishing himself as a defensive mainstay. He politely declined the club’s offer to join them from the Asian tour. Coach Tuchel also praised him for this.”
Kim made his European debut in the 2021-22 season when he moved to Fenerbahçe of the Turkiye Ligue, where he quickly earned a spot in the starting lineup and began to make his presence felt in every game. This earned him a move to Napoli after only one year with the club.
At Napoli, he made a huge impact. He overcame concerns about his lack of big league experience and became a regular starter from the start of the season. With Kim at the back, Napoli finally won the league title. It was the first time in 33 years since the 1989-90 season that the club had reached the top of Serie A.
Kim also reached the top in his debut season. The Serie A secretariat awarded Kim the Best Defender award for his huge impact. Kim’s value skyrocketed. According to soccer statistics website Transfermarkt, Kim’s price tag, which was €6.5 million when he joined Fenerbahçe, has risen to €60 million ($85.7 billion).
There have been rumors of transfers, but Kim’s transfer fee hasn’t been a big deal because of the buyout. In Napoli’s contract with Kim, there was a release clause that was only valid for foreign clubs for two weeks from July 1. It was worth around 50 million euros ($71.4 billion won).
Manchester United emerged as the first favorite. However, negotiations did not progress, and the eventual winner was Bayern Munich. 메이저놀이터 After losing center back Luca Hernandez to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) this summer, the Bavarians were determined to bolster their central defense by signing Kim Min-jae.
Eventually, news broke of an impending transfer. Previously, transfer market expert Fabrizio Romano said late last month, “Munich have finalized a personal agreement with Kim Min-jae. The contract is for five years. We have confirmed with a club source that the player has accepted Munich’s offer,” adding the signature “Here We Go” when a transfer is imminent.