Super Eagles and Napoli footballer, Victor Osimhen, has opened up on the reason why he ignored several English clubs and opted for the Italian club.
In an interview with Cafonline.com, Osimhen revealed that he turned down the opportunity of playing in the English Premier League for Serie A because he felt Napoli was the best choice for him, The Punch reports
The 21-year-old completed an initial €60m deal move; a fee that could rise to €81m after a number of performance-related add-ons.
Osimhen scored 18 goals in all competitions for Lille in 2019/20 before the French season ended prematurely due to COVID-19.
Several English clubs including Manchester United and Liverpool were reportedly linked to the Nigerian striker.
The Golden Boot winner at the 2015 U-17 World Cup in Chile said he opted to join Napoli because of the future.
“Many predicted I will move to the EPL, and I had a lot of interesting offers from some clubs. But Napoli was the best choice for me,” Osimhen told CAFonline.com.
“It was so because of the kind of player I want to be in the future, and the kind of great career I want to have. I have no doubt that Napoli is the club I need to achieve that greater height.
“The relationship between me and Coach (Gennaro Gattuso) and the president (Aurelio De Laurentiis) is a very interesting one because even before I came to Napoli, I spoke with both. They convinced me, even more, to sign for Napoli. The relationship is going very well, and I just want to repay them on the pitch for the trust they have in me.”