AS Roma coach José Mourinho mocked Tottenham for not signing Kim Min-jae (26, Napoli).
According to the UK’s ‘The Sun’ on the 29th (Korean time), manager Mourinho revealed that he directly promoted the recruitment of Kim Min-jae when he led Tottenham in the past. Coach Mourinho said, “I wanted to recruit Kim Min-jae and had a video call with him. However, Tottenham did not help the recruitment.”
“Kim Min-jae wanted to transfer to Tottenham. Fenerbahce wanted 10 million euros (about 13.4 billion won), but Tottenham offered 5 million euros (about 6.7 billion won). And now, look at where Kim Min-jae is active. He is a ‘garbage defender’ playing for Napoli,” he added.
Coach Mourinho’s remarks about ‘garbage defender’ were vicious remarks directed at Tottenham, not Kim Min-jae. I knew Min-jae Kim’s ability, but Tottenham didn’t actively recruit him, and in the end, I said around the fact that a player whom Tottenham did not value highly was playing for Naples.
Kim Min-jae wore the Napoli uniform last summer after going through Fenerbahce. Napoli paid 19.5 million euros (approximately 26 billion won), a buyout, to recruit Kim Min-jae. This was a great success. Kim Min-jae quickly established himself as a key player in the team and is showing his best performance. 안전놀이터
His ransom continues to rise. The buyout of 50 million euros (approximately 67 billion won) set by Napoli has already become a cheap amount. Big clubs are trying to activate a buyout in the upcoming summer if they admire Kim Min-jae’s defensive power in the first season. Accordingly, Napoli is also seeking ways to increase Kim Min-jae’s buyout amount.
Tottenham obviously had a chance to recruit Kim Min-jae. Even when Mourinho was there, he wanted Kim Min-jae, and even before signing a contract with Napoli, there was a link to Tottenham. However, as he failed to recognize the value of Kim Min-jae, he missed the original stone and received intense criticism from manager Mourinho.