Tottenham linked defender Kim Min-Jae has silenced the ‘nonsense’ transfer rumours, suggesting he has no intention of leaving Napoli in the summer.



The 26-year-old South Korean centre back joined the Partenopei last summer from Fenerbahce in a deal worth around €18m, a figure far below his true market value.

Kim has been one of the best defenders in Italy this season, playing a vital role in Napoli’s Scudetto charge and attracting the attention of a number of clubs around Europe, including Tottenham.

Speaking after South Korea’s 2-2 friendly draw with Colombia, Kim first responded to the questions over his future at Napoli.

“I cannot be bothered by transfer rumours because they aren’t true. Now I’m focusing on the team, rather than that kind of nonsense. There are so many important matches to go and right now I only want to focus on Napoli.”

He touched on Napoli’s goals for the remainder of this season.

“The season is not over yet, we all still have to be alert, I have this kind of mentality for the league. The idea is that you have to win every game and after gaining as many points as possible we are going in the direction of aiming for the Champions League.”

Finally, Kim noted his personal objectives for his debut season with Napoli.

“I received the best player of the month award once, if you do well as a team you will also receive individual awards. I aim to be in the Top XI this season.”

The 26-year-old Kim is contracted to Napoli until June 2025, holding an option for a further two years. He also reportedly has an accessible release clause of around €50m, valid this summer.

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