Soccer team manager Jurgen Klinsmann and key defender Kim Min-jae (Napoli) were caught staying in a restaurant side by side during a European inspection.
On the 19th (Korean time), Napoli Magazine, a local magazine in Naples, released a picture of Klinsmann, String Gara national team coach, and Kim Min-jae in a restaurant together. The media said, “Kim Min-jae had a luncheon with director Klinsman at the Hotel Paradiso.” All three of them in the photo are making bright expressions.
Hotel Paradiso, located on the seafront, is located about 15 minutes by car from Stadio Diego Maradona, the home stadium of Naples. Coach Klinsman, Coach Stringara, and Min-jae Kim had a “lunch communication” and then moved to the stadium and watched the second leg of the quarterfinals of the European Champions League in the 2022-2023 season between Napoli and AC Milan held in the evening local time.
The Korea Football Association released a photo of coach Klinsmann, coach Stringara, and Minjae Kim with the Naples sea in the background, and said, “Coach Klinsman and coach Stringara watched the match between Napoli and Milan and had time to communicate with Minjae Kim.” 스포츠토토
Kim Min-jae was considered key to Klinsman’s European tour. After finishing a friendly match against Uruguay in Seoul last month, he said, “It’s hard on my body and mind. I want to focus on my team.” The fact that he and Son Heung-min, captain of the national team, ‘unfollowed’ (unfollowed) each other’s social media was known, and even ‘discord’ was engulfed. Kim Min-jae said through a long SNS post and agency, ” The meaning of hardship was misrepresented”, “There was a misunderstanding with Heung-min hyung. I contacted them separately and apologized.”
Coach Klinsman, who previously visited Tottenham and Celtic to watch Son Heung-min and Oh Hyun-kyu’s matches and communicated directly, focused on communication and mental care rather than performance checks in Naples, his third visit. It seems that Kim Min-jae discussed the feelings he felt before and after the A match in March and what coach Klinsman wanted from Kim Min-jae.
Kim Min-jae missed the day due to accumulated warnings. The team drew 1-1, but was eliminated with a combined score of 1-2. Coach Klinsman, who played an active role at Inter Milan for three seasons from 1989 to 1992 during his active career, watched Inter Milan’s ‘rival’ AC Milan defeat Napoli and reach the Champions League semi-finals in 16 years. Head coach Klinsmann is now heading to Germany, his home country, to meet Lee Jae-seong (Mainz) and others.