Bayern Munich’s Kim Min-jae is working hard to gain weight before the Bundesliga opener.
“Bayern Munich was worried that their new star Kim Min-jae was too thin,” German media outlet Sportde reported on May 5 (KST).카지노사이트
The Bavarians signed Europe’s top defender Kim Min-jae from SSC Napoli for a transfer fee of 50 million euros (approximately $71.7 billion) on March 19. Kim was a key center back for Napoli last season, helping them win the Italian Serie A title and being named the league’s best defender.
Upon his arrival, Kim immediately embarked on a tour of Asia. His first stop was in Japan, where he made his Munich debut in a friendly against Kawasaki Frontale in Tokyo, Japan, on March 29.
Playing only the first half of the match before being substituted at the start of the second half, Kim was well-received as he put in the expected solid defensive performance in the first 45 minutes.
After a stop in Japan, Munich traveled to Singapore. On the last two days, they played a friendly against Premier League giants Liverpool. Kim Min-jae started and played the first 45 minutes against Liverpool.
Against Liverpool, one of the best clubs in the world, Kim had a great performance. In the first half, he helped set up Serge Gnabry’s second goal with a fantastic pass. Thanks to Kim’s performance, Munich managed to pull off a 4-3 upset against Liverpool.
After Singapore, Munich’s tour of Asia comes to an end. The Bavarians will kick off the 2023/24 season with one more friendly against AS Monaco in Germany on August 8 at 0:00 am.
While fans are getting more and more excited for the start of the season, according to Sport De, the Bavarians are concerned that Kim has lost weight ahead of the new campaign.
“Kim is still suffering from the after-effects of his military training,” the outlet explained, citing the podcast Bayern Insider. Kim joined the army’s training center in Nonsan, South Korea, in June as an arts and sports personnel and trained for three weeks.
Kim only received three weeks of basic military training after winning a gold medal as a member of the South Korean U-23 soccer team at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta-Palembang, making him eligible for special military service.
It was a short period of time, but Kim drew attention when he admitted at his official press conference after joining Munich that he had lost weight after training.
“We marched 30 kilometers with 25 kilograms of military gear on our backs, so I lost weight,” Kim explained at the press conference with Munich CEO Jan-Christian Dresden on March 21. “Kim Min-jae lost four kilograms in three weeks in the army,” said Dresden, adding that even a national soccer player would have a hard time with the training.
The weight he lost during the training period worried Munich, as he has yet to reach his normal weight after joining the club, due to his training and Asian tour schedule.
“Bayern Munich will supply him with food to reach his ideal weight,” the source said, adding, “His most important goal at the moment is to gain weight again.”
“Recently, Kim has been eating a lot of pasta and meat,” the source said, adding, “He wants to reach his ideal weight again before the start of the German Bundesliga season in about two weeks.”
Munich will open the 2023/24 Bundesliga season against Werder Bremen at 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 19. Prior to that match, the Bavarians will host last season’s DFB-Pokal champions RB Leipzig in the DFL-Supercup at 3:45 p.m. on Sept. 13.
With about two weeks to go until the start of the season, Kim has gained the trust of the fans and the club through the friendlies, but he is still not 100% fit as he has lost weight.
It will be interesting to see if Kim can reach his target weight in the remaining time before kickoff and replicate the form he showed for Napoli last season in his Bundesliga debut.