“Just as we need bread, Naples needs Kim Min-jae.”
Bread is the staple food of Europeans, including Italy. At the same time, it was the keyword that Italian Serie A SSC Napoli defeated rival teams and recruited Kim Min-jae (27). As a result of Napoli coach Luciano Spalletti harassing the club every day with a perfect metaphor, Napoli is on the verge of winning the Serie A for the first time in 33 years.
Italian media Area Napoli said on the 28th (Korean time), “When Calido Coulibaly (32) was sold to Chelsea, manager Spalletti begged Napoli general manager Cristiano Giuntoli to buy Kim Min-jae every day in the transfer market last summer.” revealed
Last summer Napoli parted안전놀이터 ways with Koulibaly, who has been a key part of their defense for eight seasons. Many center back prospects were on the list as a replacement for Koulibaly, but Spalletti’s choice was Kim Min-jae, who played for Fenerbahce in the Turkiye League. Director Spalletti was known to have been deeply interested in Kim Min-jae’s video after looking for it.
Recruiting him wasn’t easy either. Kim Min-jae preferred the English Premier League (EPL), and French Ligue 1’s Stade Rennes relentlessly followed. Area Napoli said, “Up to a certain point, negotiations with Kim Min-jae were complicated. However, thanks to Napoli’s patience, the transfer was completed. Needless to say, the person who was the happiest when it was completed was Spalletti.”
Spalletti’s eyes were right and Napoli’s perseverance was rewarding. Kim Min-jae was not enough to establish himself as the main defender right away, so he began commanding the European stage beyond the league. Leading the team’s undefeated streak at the beginning of the league, he raised Napoli to No. 1 in Serie A and advanced to the quarterfinals, the best performance in the UEFA Champions League.
The Champions League victory was frustrated, but the league championship was counted down. With 7 league games left, the difference between SS Lazio (18 wins, 7 draws, 6 losses, 61 points) in second place with 25 wins, 3 draws and 3 losses (78 points) is only 17 points. Maybe see you this weekend. On the 30th, in the 32nd round, Napoli will meet Salernitana, who are ranked 14th in the league, while Lazio will meet Inter, a strong team that has advanced to the quarterfinals of the Champions League. If Napoli beats Salernitana and Lazio loses to Inter, a six-point gap will secure the championship. If that happens, it will be the first and Napoli’s third league championship since the 1989-1990 season during the legendary late Diego Maradona.
Needless to say, there was Kim Min-jae, the core of the defense, in this process. “Giuntoli’s achievements were commendable,” said Area Napoli. Evaluated.