Min-jae Kim (27, Naples), a key defender of the Korean national soccer team, directly opened up about rumors of a feud with Son Heung-min (Tottenham) and rumors of a factional faction in the 96 line (players born in 1996) that arose after the controversy over his “retirement remarks from the national team.”
On the 1st, through his agency, Kim Min-jae admitted and apologized for the fact that he had recently temporarily severed his Instagram friendship with Son Heung-min. He said, “I was short-tempered and I was wrong. Heung-min hyung always posts such a post after the national team call is over, but I misunderstood because of the interview I conducted the day before and acted out of common sense,” he said. . 스포츠토토
Previously, after losing the evaluation match against Uruguay on the 28th of last month, 1-2, Kim Min-jae said, “I am in a state of mental breakdown” and said, “I want to focus only on my team rather than the national team.” This was interpreted as suggesting his retirement and caused a stir, and it was pointed out that it was a careless remark that lightly considered the weight of the Taegeuk mark.
In the end, Kim Min-jae explained on Instagram the next day, saying, “The meaning of hardship was misrepresented,” but another controversy arose later. It was confirmed that Kim Min-jae had cut off his friendship with Son Heung-min on Instagram. In particular, it was also a problem that Son Heung-min was summoned to the national team and immediately after posting a statement saying that it was an honor. Afterwards, among netizens, the so-called ’96 clique theory’ appeared based on the fact that players born in 1996 in the national team clicked ‘Like’ on their friend Kim Min-jae’s post, but did not click on Son Heung-min’s post.
Regarding this, Kim Min-jae drew the line, saying, “It is a really embarrassing story that the 96 lines in the national team are creating a faction,” and “I have nothing more to say about this.” He continued, “I felt the weight of the national team once again through this incident. said.
Kim Min-jae also explained again about the remarks that started the controversy. He said, “As I went to a good team in a short period of time, I received a lot of attention from the public and media. Being put in this situation so suddenly, the things I did in the national team before became difficult,” he said.
He said, “I have never been complacent on the field while playing for the national team. He said that talking with the national team did not ask to be removed from the call-up list or to take a break from the game.”
Lastly, “Actually, I avoided interviews and thought reporters hostile. It was because I thought I was harassed by various transfer rumors every time I was transferred,” he said. It started in China, so I was young and immature, and that heart has continued to this day. It’s late, but I’m sorry.”