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Victor Osimhen not ruling out summer Napoli’s exit

Super Eagles striker, Victor Osimhen, is on the verge of signing a new contract with Napoli, extending his tenure until June 2026. THE ATHLETICNG

Victor Osimhen is not ruling out a summer exit from Napoli with the in-demand forward admitting that interest from European clubs means he’s doing great.

The Serie A highest goal scorer is spearheading Luciano’s Spalletti charge of the title and is seen as one of the most important member of the team so much that Naples club president, Aurelio De Laurenttis stated he isn’t for sale.

That stance can change quickly if the club’s price tag on the player is matched by his suitors ahead of the summer transfer window with the player himself leaving his cards open.

Manchester United target Victor Osimhen has refused to rule out leaving Napoli in the summer, giving Erik ten Hag a major boost on his quest for a No 9.

The £107m-rated striker has been in prolific form this season, racking up 19 goals and four assists in 23 appearances this season.

The Nigerian alongside Man United’s own striker Marcus Rashford are one of the most promising forwards in world football at the moment, and Napoli will no doubt be attacked from all angles in the summer.

“When you are doing so well, top clubs around the world are watching, mostly in the top five leagues,” Osimhen told ESPN.

“And to be able to attract interest from these top clubs shows that I am doing great and it gives me the motivation to do even more for myself and my team.”

“But I am focused on Napoli right now and they have the final say. I just want to help my team to win matches and win trophies.”

‘At the end of the season, we will see what is going to happen, but that is not up to me. It is for the club to decide.’

Osimhen is currently on track to win the Serie A Golden Boot, with 18 of his 19 goals coming in the league, but the striker insists that he is not concerned about personal accolades.

“Being the highest goalscorer is actually not my main priority. The team comes first before my personal ambition,” he added.

“If I win it, that’s fine but what I want to do is try to win trophies with my team. As long as the team is winning, it doesn’t matter to me who gets the goals or whether I win top scorer or not.”

On Friday, Osimhen notched up his 100th career goal in 197 games a win over Sassuolo, which is faster than Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo managed to do.

It was the seventh consecutive Serie A he had scored in – something no Napoli player has done since 1995.

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