‘Iron pillar’ Kim Min-jae 메이저놀이터(27, Naples) was nominated for the ‘2022-23 season Serie A Team of the Year’.
On the 16th (Korean time), the Serie A secretariat released 45 candidates for the team of the year through an official channel. The final best 11 will be determined by voting (50% fans, 50% media people) for each position.
Kim Min-jae was named along with 13 others including Chris Smalling (AS Roma) and Glaisson Bremer (Juventus) in the defender category. Four of them are selected in the defender category. Of the 13 candidates, 8 are in the center back position.
13 nominees for Team Defender of the Year in Serie A for the 2022-2023 season. /AFPBBNews=News1
Kim Min-jae entered Napoli just before this season. He has been reborn as a top-class center back in Serie A, performing outstandingly in every game without needing to adapt. He made a total of 33 appearances, keeping 16 clean sheets and scoring two goals. Napoli won the Serie A title for the first time in 33 years since 1990, using Kim Min-jae’s solid defense as a stepping stone.
Kim Min-jae, who had the best season, is highly likely to win the Team of the Year award. In September of last year, it was unusual for a defender to be selected as the Serie A Player of the Month.
Napoli nominated Kim Min-jae, Victor Osimen, Hvitza Kvaratquelia, and Giovanni Di Lorenzo as candidates for Team of the Year.
Meanwhile, Kim Min-jae is deeply connected to Manchester United, the prestigious English Premier League (EPL). Local media in Italy and England reported that Manchester United were preparing to sign Kim Min-jae and were sorting out the details. Naples is also said to be looking for a replacement for Kim Min-jae.