Italian Serie A champions SSC Napoli have temporarily suspended discussions about a contract extension with Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen, MySportDab reports.
The club acknowledged that Osimhen has had a change of heart about extending his stay in Naples, but they remain hopeful that he may reconsider.
Napoli issued a statement refuting rumors of a rift between Osimhen and the club. They also exonerated club president Aurelio De Laurentiis from making any negative comments about the player.
In the statement, Napoli clarified that President De Laurentiis never shared any negative comments about Victor. He had simply stated that after verbally agreeing on a plan to sign a new deal, Osimhen changed his mind.
The club hopes it’s merely a temporary pause for Osimhen to consider his options. In the coming weeks, they plan to discuss his future with his agent Calenda. Reports of a tense situation between Napoli and Osimhen are unfounded.
De Laurentiis had indicated earlier that Victor Osimhen had altered his stance regarding a contract extension, a statement that appeared to suggest the club was prepared to part ways with the Nigerian striker.
Recent reports have linked Osimhen with moves to Liverpool and Chelsea, further fueling speculation about his potential departure. The relationship between Osimhen and Napoli seemed to strain after a TikTok video was released by the club, poking fun at Osimhen for missing a penalty.
As a result, Osimhen’s future with Napoli appears uncertain, with a move away from the club seeming increasingly likely.
The outcome of these contract discussions will be closely monitored by football enthusiasts as Osimhen’s future remains uncertain, and speculation about his next destination continues to grow.