Kim Min-Jae on Napoli Transfer, Scudetto Dream, Role Model and Italian

Napoli newcomer Kim Min-Jae has been a rock at the back this season since his arrival from Fenerbahce in the summer transfer window. He has appeared 15 times for the Partenopei, going on to score 2 goals already for the club.

The South Korean gave an extensive interview to La Repubblica (via TuttoNapoli), sharing his thoughts on a plethora of topics, including how his experience in the sky blue colors have succeeded in exceeding his expectations.

“It was my big chance and I jumped at it, after making a stop in Turkey. The offer that came to me in the summer from the blue club was the best and I didn’t hesitate for a moment to accept it, but I didn’t expect to experience such a dizzying and exciting escalation: we are first in Serie A and in our Champions League group, in three months the reality has far exceeded my most imaginative expectations.”

Kim has no doubts regarding the ability of his side to dethrone reigning champions Milan and lift the revered Scudetto trophy for the first time since the days of Diego Maradona.

“Our goal is to rewrite the history of Napoli and 12 wins in a row tell us that we are on the right path. I know that the city has been waiting for the title for more than thirty years and I am sure that at the end of the championship, we will win the Scudetto if we always play like this.”

He also went to pick out the team he would like to defeat the most.

“The team I want to defeat is Juve. I know Neapolitan fans don’t like them at all.”

When asked about his favorite player, he didn’t hesitate to answer.

“Sergio Ramos. I have always admired him. I studied him in the videos, I learned a lot from him. I hope to follow in his footsteps at least a little.”

Finally, he shed light about difficulties adopting the Italian language.

“It’s difficult and that’s why I immediately started studying it. But for me it still represents an obstacle during matches and in training. I get there, however: slowly, slowly.”

Kim received the award for Serie A’s best player of the month in September. The defender has played a key role under Luciano Spalletti in establishing Napoli’s dominance at the top of the league table.

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