The process of Kim Min-jae (26) transferring to Naples was never smooth.
Napoli coach Luciano Spalletti told the story behind the recruitment of Kim Min-jae and Hvitza Kvarachhelia (22) at the Beatochort Award ceremony held on the 24th (Korean time). These two are the defenders and strikers Napoli signed ahead of this 2022-23 season. As soon as Kim Min-jae and Hvica moved to Naples, they stood tall as the best players in Italy’s Serie A.
“I had dinner with Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis during the transfer window last summer,” Spalletti said. De Laurentiis Napoli chairman confessed that he hesitated while thinking about the recruitment of Kim Min-jae and Hvica.”
It’s not strange. This is because Kim Min-jae and Hvica were unknown players without experience in the European big leagues before moving to Naples. In addition, even if he recruited one player, he thought carefully and rumored that he would cut the amount as much as possible, which was a natural concern for President Laurentis.온라인카지노
Spalletti said, “I asked a lot of people I worked with in Russia about Hvica, and I heard that Hvica is good. But De Laurentiis explained that he took into account the level difference between the Russian league and the Italian league.” Hvica played for Rubin Kazan in Russia before moving to Napoli.
Coach Spalletti said, “In modern football, the level gap between the leagues is gradually fading.” It was the best choice for the player, the manager, and the club.
In the end, coach Spalletti was right. After sending Kalidou Koulibaly to Chelsea, Napoli was worried about the gap in the defense, but new defender Kim Min-jae made up for it perfectly. Hvica is also working brilliantly to the point of forgetting the departure of the existing striker.
Napoli are on the verge of an early Serie A victory this season. Even with 11 games left, it is the sole first place, 19 points ahead of second place Lazio (52 points). Managers of other teams said from the middle of the season, “Napoli will win this season anyway. Now we have to work hard to compete for the top 4.”