Kim Min-jae (Bayern Munich) is eating hard to gain weight ahead of the German Bundesliga opening match.
The German press ‘Sport des’ reported on the 5th (Korean time), “Bayern Munich were worried that the new star Kim Min-jae was thin.”
On the 19th of last month, Munich acquired Europe’s top defender Kim Min-jae from SSC Napoli for a transfer fee of 50 million euros (approximately 71.7 billion won). Kim Min-jae was selected as the best defender in the league last season by playing an active role as a key center back for Napoli and contributing to Italy’s Serie A victory.
As soon as Kim Min-jae transferred, he immediately went on an Asian tour. In Japan, his first destination, Kim Min-jae made his Munich debut as a starter in a friendly against Kawasaki Frontale held in Tokyo, Japan on the 29th of last month.
Kim Min-jae, who played only the first half in his Munich debut and was replaced at the start of the second half, received favorable reviews for showing solid defense as expected for the first 45 minutes.
After finishing his schedule in Japan, Munich left for Singapore. On the 2nd, we had a friendly match against Liverpool, a prestigious and world-class club in the Premier League. Kim Min-jae started the match against Liverpool and played 45 minutes in the first half.
Kim Min-jae showed unstoppable performance against Liverpool, one of the best clubs in the world. In particular, in the first half, he even recorded an attack point while helping Serge Gnabri’s pursuit goal with a fantastic pass. Thanks to Kim Min-jae’s performance, Munich won 4-3 against Liverpool.
The Asian tour in Munich ended with the Singapore schedule. Now, Kim Min-jae is scheduled to start the 2023/24 season after another friendly match against AS Monaco in Germany at 0:00 am on the 8th.
As Kim Min-jae’s season begins, fans’ expectations are growing, and according to ‘Sport des’, Munich expressed concern that Kim Min-jae was losing weight ahead of the new season.
The media, citing the podcast ‘Bayern Insider’, explained, “Kim Min-jae is still suffering from the aftereffects of military training.” Kim Min-jae entered the Army Training Center in Nonsan as an art and sports agent in June and received three weeks of training.
Kim Min-jae received only three weeks of basic military training as a member of the Korean U-23 soccer team at the 2018 Jakarta/Palembang Asian Games and was subject to special military service by winning a gold medal.
It was not a long period of time, but Kim Min-jae drew attention by confessing that he had lost weight after training at the official press conference after joining Munich.
At a press conference held on the 21st of last month with CEO Jan-Christian Dresen of Munich, Kim Min-jae explained, “We marched 30 km with 25 kg military gear on our backs. So I lost weight.” Dresen’s CEO also said, “Kim Min-jae lost 4kg in 3 weeks in the army,” and the national soccer player also gave his tongue to the difficult training.
Kim Min-jae, who lost weight during his training period, made Munich worry because he had not yet reached his normal weight due to his training and Asian tour schedule after joining Munich.
The media said, “Bayern Munich will supply food for Kim Min-jae to reach his ideal weight. Currently, Kim Min-jae’s most important goal is to gain weight again.”
“Recently, Min-jae Kim has been eating a lot of pasta and meat,” he added.
Munich will play the opening match of the German Bundesliga in the 2023/24 season through an away game at Werder Bremen at 3:30 am on the 19th. Before the opening match, the DFL-Supercup will be played at 3:45 am on the 13th with RB Leipzig, the last season’s DFB-Pokal Cup champions.
With about two weeks left until the start of the season, Kim Min-jae has gained trust from fans and clubs through friendly matches, but he has lost weight yet, so he is not in 100% physical condition.안전놀이터
As Min-jae Kim reaches the weight he was aiming for during the remaining period until the opening, attention is focusing on whether he will be able to reproduce the appearance he showed in Naples last season before his Bundesliga debut.