Max Kilman is wanted by Serie A champions Napoli – all you need to know

Max Kilman to Napoli? The former Maidenhead United defender is turning heads in Serie A.
Max Kilman to Napoli? The former Maidenhead United defender is turning heads in Serie A.

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Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Max Kilman is the target of a huge bid from Italian Serie A champions Napoli.

The defender is a wanted man according to reports in The Athletic, but the 26-year-old defender began his career in Berkshire with Vanarama National League Maidenhead United.

Born in 1997 in Chelsea, Kilman began his career locally in the academy at Fulham. As a teenager he turned his attention to futsal while continuing to play the 11-a-side game – something that has recently come full circle at Maidenhead with the merger with Reading Royals Futsal Club.

He found his feet in the sport making his debut for the England national futsal team at 18-years-old and has since gone on to accumulate 25 caps for the Three Lions. 

Things got serious in the senior game though as well for the defender. In 2015 he signed for Maidenhead United who were then in the sixth tier of English football. Before he was given his first-team debut for the Magpies, Kilman was loaned out to Marlow in the 2016/17 season where he made 31 appearances for the Blues, scoring his first and only goal for Marlow in a 2-2 stalemate with AFC Dunstable on August 13, 2016.

The following season, the defender returned to York Road and made his first senior appearance in an opening-day draw at Maidstone United. He went on to make 39 appearances in black and white before making the move to Wolverhampton Wanderers. Aged 21, Kilman signed to the newly-promoted Premier League club for an undisclosed fee in the summer of 2018 – reported to be around £40,000.

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His first year at the Molineux was spent in the under 23s where he was closely observed by boss Nuno Espirito Santo. Kilman was brought into the first team and made his debut from the bench in Wolves’ final home game of the 2018/19 season against Fulham.

His previous first-team appearance – nine months earlier – had been for Maidenhead in a 3-1 home defeat to Gateshead in the National League.

Now a fully-fledged member of Wolves first team, Kilman has played 89 Premier League matches, played in the Europa League as well as the FA Cup and League Cup.

While yet to earn a call-up to the England National Team, Kilman is also eligible to play for Ukraine through his parents. If only the Three Lions had need of a left-sided centre-back.

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