Osimhen rules out January exit

Nigeria international Victor Osimhen has denied reports linking him out of Napoli in the January transfer window.

The Super Eagles striker has been on the radar of several top clubs in the Premier League with Liverpool, Manchester United and Newcastle some of the few to have been linked with the Nigerian, but he is not considering the option of exiting the Italian outfit at the moment, noting that he aims to win the league with Napoli.

“It’s one of the best clubs in Europe and I want to win here,” Osimhen told Il Mattino as reported by Football Italia.

“The future is this moment, try to win something relevant in Italy.

“I can only imagine what would happen in the city if we win it. The path is still long; we must continue to win games.

“It’s hard to think about something better than Napoli, one of the best clubs in Italy, right now I am only focused on this season because we haven’t done anything yet. We must win something and then we’ll see what happens.”

Naples are the only unbeaten team in Serie A, having won 13 games, draw two games and top the table with 41 points. They resume the season on January 4 in a key away game at Inter.


“Nobody thinks that these eight points give any guarantee for the future. The season is long and we are aware that we must not slow down to keep the lead.

“We must continue like this, work hard, pretending we are not at the top of the table. We must not think about those looking forward to our defeat. We want to beat Inter, but it won’t be easy.”

The 23-year-old Nigeria goal poacher has scored 38 goals in 76 appearances with the Parthenopeans in two seasons.

The former Lille star joined Serie A leaders in a €75m deal in 2020 and has scored 10 goals in 14 appearances across all competitions this season and his contract expires in June 2025.

Napoli rejected a €100m bid from Newcastle in January 2021, but the Magpies are still interested in the Nigeria international and the same is true of Manchester United and Arsenal.