Kim Min-jae (SSC Napoli), the nucleus of the national team’s defense, apologized for his remarks that seemed to suggest ‘retirement from the national team’.
On the 29th, through social media (SNS), Kim Min-jae posted an apology for remarks made to reporters in the joint coverage area (Mixed Zone) after the evaluation match against Uruguay the previous day.
Kim Min-jae said,스포츠토토 “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, he expressed his regret, saying, “With yesterday’s interview, the 49 games I played with the Taegeuk mark were gone, and I became a player who thought lightly without knowing the meaning and weight of the Taegeuk mark and everything.”
Kim Min-jae said, “I was feeling a lot of pressure in a situation where the weight of the national team was getting bigger and bigger.” I wanted to give it to you,” he explained.
Lastly, Kim Min-jae said, “I am well aware that I am a blessed player, and I think it is a part that I have to overcome.” I give you,” he concluded.
Previously, Kim Min-jae met with reporters after the evaluation match against Uruguay on the 28th and said, “It’s just difficult right now, and I’m in a state of mental collapse.” caused This remark, which seemed to indicate that he wanted to quit the national team, was read with the intention of disparaging and belittling the national team, drawing criticism from some fans.
To make matters worse, it was known that he unfollowed each other on Instagram with national team captain Son Heung-min, and rumors of a discord between the two were raised. The two followed again.
In the end, this incident caused controversy because Kim Min-jae, who played almost full-time in the team and national team games, complained of physical burden. Currently, Napoli leads Italy’s Serie A (71 points) and has advanced to the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League (UCL). It seems that Kim Min-jae complained about the difficult situation after participating in every game and going to the A-match through long-distance travel following the World Cup. However, he made a rash statement in front of the media that fans were watching and caused a lot of happenings.