Super Eagles Striker, Victor Osimhen, has come out to downplay speculation linking him with a move to English Premier League duo, Liverpool and Chelsea, stressing that he is very much happy playing in the Serie A with Napoli.
However, the 24-year-old’s long-term future remains far from clear-cut, as he has entered the final two years of his contract with Napoli, who are allegedly struggling to make headway with his agents in talks over a renewal.
Osimhen was also the subject of two inexplicable TikTok videos from Napoli appearing to mock the striker, whose agent briefly threatened legal action against the club before the striker received a private apology.
Osimhen’s turbulent start to the campaign has also seen him engage in a war of words with manager Rudi Garcia after he was taken off in a goalless draw with Bologna last month, and Napoli also had to put out a statement denying claims of a “frosty” relationship between De Laurentiis and the former Lille man.
The Napoli president had suggested that he would be willing to sell Osimhen in 2024 if he refuses to commit to a new deal, which supposedly put both Liverpool and Chelsea – the latter of whom are considered the leading candidates to sign him – on red alert.
However, the 24-year-old expressed his love for Napoli in a recent Twitch interview with Mario Balotelli and Emiliano Viviano, saying: ‘I am happy at Napoli. People don’t know how difficult it is to play in Serie A. From a tactical and physical point of view, it’s one of the most difficult leagues to play in.’
Clubs in Saudi Arabia have also been linked with the Nigeria international, but he poured cold water on those links by claiming that he would prefer to play in North America, adding: “If I had the same conditions, I would go to MLS.”
In addition to Osimhen’s affirmations, Napoli sporting director Mauro Meluso – as quoted by The Mirror – also ruled out a January exit for the forward, saying: “Absolutely not, the squad is very large and leaves us calm.”