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Who is Kim Min-Jae, the central defender being fought over by Naples and Stade Rennais?

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Nayef Aguerd, gone to West Ham, Stade Rennais must find his worthy successor. To do this and after the failure of the Samuel Umtiti file, the Breton leaders have thus checked the name of Kim Min-Jae. Yes, but now, the competition promises to be intense. Orphan of Kalidou Koulibaly, officially transferred to the side of Chelsea, Napoli also remains in the race and even now seems to hold the rope to offer the services of the 25-year-old South Korean international defender, currently under the colors of Fenerbahçe. Estimated at 20 million euros, the native of Tongyeong, a coastal city of South Korea, has also proven himself within the Turkish formation. Focus on an old acquaintance of… Bruno Genesio.

Bruno Genesio, a strong argument for Stade Rennais!

Passed by the Beijing Guoan, where he attended the current coach of the Rouge et Noir when he was training in China (2019-2020), Kim Min-Jae could thus be convinced by the 55-year-old technician. In addition, the former defender of Jeonbuk Hyundai is also close to a certain Cédric Bakambu, today in the colors of Olympique de Marseille and former teammate in Beijing. Two arguments to put forward for Stade Rennais but which will not make all the difference. “His transfer was planned, but it was a surprise for me. I learned it two days ago… Unfortunately our club can’t help it, we can’t hold it back. The most interested club will pay the contract termination clause. It was a hard blow to learn that: we have other excellent players, but Kim has important qualities.specified, as such, Jorge Jesus, the coach of Fenerbahçe.

So understand that the highest bidder will most certainly be the big winner in this burning issue. And for good reason. With 40 caps and three goals for South Korea, this rugged defender of 1m90 comes out of a successful first in Europe. Under the tunic of the yellow Canaries, Kim Min-Jae has, in fact, never disappointed, giving reason to Vitor Pereira, who had spotted him during his experience in China. Indisputable holder under the orders of the Portuguese then Jorge Jesus, successor to Pereira during the season, Kim Min-Jae has thus shown constant solidity during the 39 meetings he has played in all competitions ( six in the Europa League and two in the Conference League). Alongside Serdar Aziz or Attila Szalai, the 25-year-old defender then became one of the great architects of Fenerbahçe’s second place last season. Impassive in the face of the stress conveyed by the fervor present in the lair of Şükrü Saracoğlu, the one who had been recruited against three million euros by the Istanbul team finally confirmed all the hopes placed in him.

Europe at his feet!

Courted by the biggest European teams (Tottenham, Arsenal, Everton, Juventus, Milan), Kim Min-Jae therefore has a choice today. Join Brittany and reinforce a Rennes defensive sector depopulated by Nayef Aguerd and Warmed Omari, injured or join Italy and become the worthy successor of Kalidou Koulibaly. If this war between Rennais and Neapolitans could, at first sight, seem surprising, the recent remarks of its president Ali Koç allow, however, to understand the stakes. “He’s a great professional. He is a very good defender. We bought it knowing we couldn’t keep it, but hopefully we can keep it this year. One of our players says: everyone should leave, but make them stay. Kim Min-Jae is the best signing in recent years, Pereira’s gift. Just like Miguel Crespo. He has a baby and a wife, he is very happy here..

Double K-League champion (2017, 2018) and voted best youngster in the championship in 2017 K-League, Kim Min-Jae, currently recovering from an ankle injury, also has a very good experience on the international scene. . Absent from the 2018 World Cup due to a fractured fibula, the future strongman of Napoli or Stade Rennais should, barring a huge turnaround, be present in Qatar at the end of the year. Indisputable holder under the colors of South Korea, Kim Min-Jae does not have, of course, the popularity of his teammate Heung-Min Son, today in Tottenham, but the Korean will not have, whatever it is either, nothing of a risky recruit.


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