Kim Jong-Un has been revealed as a huge Manchester United fan — and believes it is only a matter of time before North Korean players are heading over to the Premier League.
A close friend of the nuclear tyrant revealed to SunSport how he loves the beautiful game and never misses a major football tournament.
Italian senator Antonio Razzi confirmed the crackpot dictator had told him during private conversations of his love for the Red Devils.
But when asked if Kim compared himself to any United heroes such as Eric Cantona or Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Razzi told The Sun: “No, Kim is Kim — he is the only one.”
North Korean wonderkid Han Jwang-song has come into the public domain following an eye-catching start to the season with Perugia in Italy’s second tier.
And Razzi told how Kim believes he will be just the first of many players to come out of the secretive state and shine on the world stage because it is “a country in constant evolution”.
And he expects the Premier League to soon be inundated with North Korean talent.
Razzi is an eccentric figure in Italian politics, who has become well-known in his homeland mainly due to his close friendship with Kim.
He has been a special guest at the North Korean leader’s house on numerous occasions and described him and his generals as “wonderful people”.
In May, he tweeted Donald Trump, insisting he was ready to let him “meet Kim Jong-un”.
Among the senator’s other quirky remarks are that he would have invented a better version of the Italian language had he been born before Dante Alighieri.
Kim is a known football fan, having regularly attended matches at the San Siro as a youngster while studying in Switzerland.
Relations between North Korea and the USA have seriously deteriorated recently following a reported missile fired over Japan and nuclear tests in the region.
The incident has intensified the threat of potential nuclear war, with the US urging China to help broker peace in the region.
And Kim has even created an underground bunker in the event of such a global catastrophe, in which he can no doubt watch highlights of his favourite United matches.