The repercussions of ‘monster defender’ Kim Min-jae (Napoli) suggesting retirement from the national team, saying, “I plan to focus only on my team,” are unusual. This time, as rumors of a feud with captain Son Heung-min (Tottenham) surfaced, rumors of a national team crisis emerged.
Earlier, on the afternoon of the 28th, Kim Min-jae met the reporters in the joint coverage area (Mixed Zone) right after the March A-match friendly match (1-2 loss to Korea) against Uruguay at the Seoul World Cup Stadium and spit bombshell remarks.
In response to the reporter’s question, “It looks difficult,” he said, “It’s just difficult right now and I’m in a state of mental collapse.”
When the fans were disappointed as the information was transmitted, Kim Min-jae posted a post on SNS a day later, saying, “First of all, I apologize to the players and fans who must have been surprised by my remarks. I am posting this because the meaning of hardship was misrepresented.”
Then, Son Heung-min wrote on his SNS, “It’s an honor to play for the national team,” seemingly aimed at Min-jae Kim, and after that, as traces of each other’s social media accounts were captured, rumors of discord between the two players arose. 안전놀이터
It is true that the two players follow each other again and the atmosphere ends with a happening, but the aftertaste is not clear.
In particular, as Kim Min-jae was reported to have expressed his feelings about being uncomfortable playing with a certain senior during the Qatar World Cup last year, the national team was in danger of being shaken in line with this bombshell remarks.
Therefore, rather than stabilizing the defense line, which conceded four runs in two matches in March, tying the national team into one team emerged as an urgent task given to coach Jurgen Klinsmann.
New coach Klinsman, who made his debut in an A match in March, is scheduled to go on a business trip to Europe next month to directly check the skills and physical condition of European players.
In particular, he plans to have an in-depth conversation with Kim Min-jae, who even mentioned retirement from the national team, and go out because he is reading his mind.
With conflicts between overseas factions emerging from the launch of Klinsman, attention is focused on how coach Klinsman, who has emphasized ‘communication’ within the team after taking office, will overcome this crisis.