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Napoli President Anticipated Victor Osimhen’s Departure in the Summer

Napoli owner Aurelio de Laurentiis has made comments expecting the departure of Victor Osimhen from the team, stating that he believes the striker will join a team in the Premier League, Real Madrid, or Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the season. This comes after Osimhen hinted at a possible exit from Napoli earlier in the week. Despite signing a contract extension with Napoli through 2026, Osimhen expressed that he had made up his mind about his future and is looking forward to making strong decisions for his career. The 25-year-old has been a key player for Napoli since joining from Lille in 2020 and is currently representing Nigeria in the Africa Cup of Nations. Napoli reportedly rejected a significant offer for Osimhen from a team in Saudi Arabia last summer, showing the high demand for the player.
Napoli owner Aurelio de Laurentiis has officially stated that he was aware of Victor Osimhen’s likely departure from the team at the end of the season. Furthermore, he has expressed his expectation that the striker will join a team in the Premier League, Real Madrid, or Paris Saint-Germain.

De Laurentiis made these remarks in response to inquiries from Italian media outlets following Osimhen’s insinuation of a potential summer exit from Naples earlier this week. De Laurentiis emphasized that the club was fully aware of Osimhen’s intentions since last summer, which was reflected in the extended and amicable contract negotiations.

The 25-year-old striker had signed a contract extension with Napoli through June 2026 in December. Despite this, Osimhen has made it known that he has already made his decision about his future career plans. Notably, he mentioned that he is with Napoli and has enjoyed his time there, but has already made up his mind regarding his next career move.

It is crucial to note that Napoli reportedly turned down an offer of over €200 million ($218m) for Osimhen from a team in Saudi Arabia last summer. Additionally, Osimhen, who was named the African player of the year, joined Napoli from Lille in 2020 and played a pivotal role in the team’s 2022-23 Serie A title victory.

Osimhen is currently representing Nigeria at the Africa Cup of Nations and is scheduled to face Cameroon in the AFCON round of 16 on Saturday.