Osimhen Extends Olive Branch to Napoli as Talks Ramp Up

Victor Osimhen was named the African Footballer of the Year for 2023 on Monday, beating Mohamed Salah and Achraf Hakimi. He looked back at the TikTok incident during the ceremony in Marrakesh (via Calciomercato).

“I have to correct a report, because I wasn’t mistreated by Napoli or president Aurelio De Laurentiis. It was a stupid error by someone who thought he could use something like that to lighten the mood at a crucial time. I wasn’t happy about that, but the owner, his son, and many others inside the management backed me.”

“They explained the situation, and the one who did it was very kind to me. That was the most important thing in my mind. We spoke, and he proved to be really sorry. We cleared the air, so I’m happy with them now. I’m looking forward to leave everything behind. It’s in the past now.”

According to Corriere dello Sport, the fact that Napoli allowed Osimhen to travel to a foreign country on the eve of an important game attests to an improved relationship between the parties.

The brass and his camp are putting the finishing touches on the renewal, as De Laurentiis anticipated a week ago. His salary will rise to €10M net per season. The final sticking point is the amount of the release clause. Napoli wish to set it at €150M, while the Osimhen camp doesn’t want it to exceed €120M.

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