After several meetings Napoli is positive Osimhen will stay
Napoli are still hopeful that star striker Super Eagles striker Victor Osimhen will commit to a new contract before the end of the season as president Aurelioi De Laurentiis met with the player’s agent once again over the last few days.
De Laurentiis, Osimhen, and his agent Roberto Calenda were all in Napoli at the end of this working week. There was a new face in town as well, as Walter Mazzarri conducted his first training sessions since taking over from the recently-departed Rudi Garcia.
Tuttomercatoweb reports that Osimhen and the new coach got on well from the first interactions.
Osimhen is, however, out of contract at the end of next season. His current deal expires in the summer of 2025, but Napoli are desperate for him to sign off on a renewal before the end of this season to avoid entering the final year of his contract in 2024-25.
A host of the World’s most elite and most wealthy clubs are thought to be circling in the event that Osimhen does enter the final year of his contract this summer.
Osimhen’s agent was in Napoli again on Thursday and Friday, certainly not for the first time in recent months, and it is believed that a renewal would have been the most important topic of conversation with those he spoke to.
Osimhen, meanwhile, resumed training for the first time in several weeks, having picked up an injury while away on international duty with Nigeria in October.
Napoli players have been granted the weekend off by new coach Mazzarri and will take to the pitch again on Monday.
Osimhen put pen to paper on a five-year contract upon his record-breaking €70 million arrival from Lille in 2020. But with less than two years left to run on his deal at the Stadio Diego Armand Maradona, anxiety has crept in amongst the Napoli chiefs.
Partenopei’s disastrous start to their Scudetto defense hasn’t aided their cause either. Plagued by Osimhen’s recurring injury problems, Napoli headed into the November international break stranded ten points below Serie A leaders Inter. Rudi Garcia paid the ultimate price as Walter Mazzarri returned to the club to take his place earlier this week.
Despite all the setbacks, Napoli believes they’ll convince Osimhen to ink a new deal.