Victor Osimhen has praised Napoli manager Gennaro Gattuso and club president Aurelio De Laurentiis for the roles they played in convincing him to move to Italy.
Osimhen was a player in demand after his exploits for Ligue 1 side Lille where he notched 13 goals in 27 games.
Osimhen has now mentioned in a press conference that, before signing the five-year deal with Napoli in late July, the ‘father figure’ roles by Gattuso and De Laurentiis were the deciding factors for him.
Osimhen said during his media presentation, “Playing for Napoli is a dream come true and (Aurelio)De Laurentiis and ((Gennaro) Gattuso have welcomed me like a son.
“The president and the coach really wanted to sign me and spoke to me a lot before I joined. Both were like father figures because they gave me lots of advice. I decided to accept the challenge with Napoli after speaking to them. It’s not often you’re shown so much love. For a young player like myself, that’s vital.”
The 21-year-old joined his new teammates for training this week at their pre-season camp in Castel di Sangro and he has already hit the ground running with a goal on Monday.
Osimhen further revealed how he can be a part of Gennaro Gattuso’s squad.
“I like to get involved with the play. My team-mates are vital to me. My motto is never say never. Everything is possible in football. This is a squad of great players and it’s a big step up for me to be here.
“I’m focusing on doing everything I can for the team and helping my teammates.”
The former Sporting Charleroi forward also revealed that his initial worry about racism in the Italian city stalled the move but the reception he has got from fans has changed his perspective.
“I was a bit sceptical because it’s something that affects the whole world,” he said.
“But I’ve visited the city of Naples, I’ve seen things with my own eyes and I know that I’ve come to a marvellous city. Racism is a problem that exists everywhere, but I’m sure that I’ve made the right choice because the love the Napoli fans show me will make me feel right at home.
“I’ve always been convinced that Napoli was the right choice for me right now and in the future. From both a personal and a playing perspective.”
Osimhen will be looking forward to making the most of his debut campaign in Naples.
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