Kim Min-jae has attracted passion from Tottenham Hotspur and Lazio.© AFP
Beijing Guoan pulled Kim Min-jae out of a pre-match press conference on Tuesday with the South Korean international defender strongly linked with a pass to England or Italy. Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur and Lazio are prime among those said to be chasing the 23-year-mature centre back, who’s nicknamed “Monster” due to this of his 1.90m (6ft 2ins) body. Kim, linked with Watford prior to transferring to the Chinese Tremendous League from Jeonbuk Motors in 2019 for five.25 million euros, turn into speculated to hunt the advice of with the media alongside Beijing coach Bruno Genesio.
“I’ll be very ultimate with you,” said the extinct Lyon boss.
“We scheduled Kim to be here at this press conference but I turn into rapid that there are pretty a number of rumours and news about him.
“He’s a young participant and I determined to protect him,” added the 53-year-mature Frenchman.
“I feel it is miles finest for him to hear to Thursday’s match and now now not be exposed to more criticism and questions that can set him in a cultured enlighten.”
Kim, who has won 30 caps for South Korea, overlooked two of Beijing’s opening three fits of the coronavirus-delayed Chinese season.
On the opposite hand, he has performed every minute of the final three video games, including a 2-1 defeat to title opponents Shanghai SIPG in which extinct Chelsea star Oscar scored the winner.
In Would possibly maybe well also simply, with the CSL indefinitely postponed due to this of the pandemic, Kim apologised after giving an interview in South Korea asserting he turn into in overall “exhausted” by having to originate up for the defensive deficiencies of his Beijing team-mates.
Kim moreover said that he didn’t know the name of Beijing’s coach, Genesio.
The remarks, which went viral on Chinese social media, were taken as a same old criticism of the typical of Chinese soccer and were roundly condemned.