Saturday February 16 2019
Ospina: 'Napoli avoiding clause'

David Ospina admits the rumours Napoli want to avoid purchasing him outright from Arsenal are true. “I knew this might happen.”

The Colombia international was signed over the summer after Alex Meret fractured a bone in his arm during only the second training session.

Napoli brought Ospina in on loan with option to buy, but a clause would make that option mandatory if he reaches a certain number of appearances.

“My current situation is that I am on loan for this season and there’s a clause based on the number of games, so if I play regularly, it’ll become an automatic purchase,” Ospina told Radio Blu.

“When the situation doesn’t depend on me, all I can do is wait for the decisions to be made by Napoli. The club had just spent a lot of money on Meret, a young goalkeeper with a great future ahead of him, so I knew that when he came back from injury, this might happen.

“He’s a great ‘keeper, a lovely guy and he’ll make a real name for himself in future.”

Ospina has been linked with a return to South America for Boca Juniors.

“I want to continue playing in Europe, although a return to South American football is always a possibility. I am open for a move closer to home.”