Napoli defender Kim Min-jae hits out at ‘NONSENSE’ transfer rumours linking him with a summer move to Man United – as the South Korean star admits speculation over his future makes him ‘uncomfortable’
Manchester United target Kim Min-jae has blasted rumours linking him with a move away from Napoli.
The South Korean star signed for the Italian side for around £15m from Fenerbahce in July and has been brilliant since then, helping Luciano Spalletti’s side to the top of Serie A.
Given his superb performances at the back, defender Kim has been linked with a transfer to several top European clubs, including United and Tottenham.
But after his country’s 2-2 draw against Colombia in an international friendly on Friday, the 26-year-old centre half insisted those rumours were false.
He said: ‘As you know, those rumours are not true at all. I want to focus on my team. I have many tournaments to play.
Napoli’s Kim Min-jae angrily hit out at rumours linking him with a move to Manchester United
The South Korean centre back has been brilliant for Luciano Spalletti’s side in this campaign
Red Devils manager Erik ten Hag (above) is expected to strengthen at centre half this summer
But Kim, 26, speaking after his country’s 2-2 draw against Colombia in an international friendly on Friday, insisted speculation of a move is just ‘nonsense’ – and makes him ‘uncomfortable’
‘It’s been four or years I have had these rumours. It’s uncomfortable. I wish you don’t spread those stories.
‘I cannot be bothered by transfer rumours because they aren’t true. Now I’m focusing on the team, rather than that kind of nonsense.
‘There are so many important matches to go and right now I only want to focus on Napoli.’
The 48-cap international has been a mainstay in the Napoli defence, playing 26 of the 27 league games this season and scoring twice.
He has also made eight Champions League appearances, with his side set to face fellow Italian outfit AC Milan in the quarter-final first leg on April 12.
Red Devils boss Erik ten Hag is expecetd to recruit at centre back this summer, with Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof out of favour and the likes of Axel Tuanzebe and Phil Jones almost certain to leave.
Next up for Kim, South Korea face Uruguay in another friendly on March 28.
He then returns to club duty with the Partenopei on April 2 against Milan.
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