Friday August 7 2020
Osimhen wants success 'in Italy and Europe'

Napoli new boy Victor Osimhen wants to ‘take the next step’ with the Azzurri and has vowed to help the club do well in both Italy and Europe next term.

Osimhen scored 18 goals in his 38 matches for Lille in 2019-20 and continued to build on the great season at RSC Charleroi the year before.

But the Nigerian 21-year-old admitted he struggled to settle when he first arrived at VfL Worlsburg to start his European career in August 2018.

“When I arrived at Wolfsburg, everything was different compared to what I was used to,” he told Sport1. “The food, the climate, the language, the way people treated me.

“I though, will I get through this? But if I had stayed in Nigeria, I wouldn’t have been give a chance like the one they gave me in Germany.

“It was my first time in Europe. I was only 18 but didn’t have the time to adapt.”

He moved to Charleroi after one year with Die Wolfe but admitted he was low on confidence when both Zulte Waregem and Club Brugge said no.

“I was hurt when Zulte Waregem and Club Brugge rejected me. Then, one evening I received a call from my agent.

“He told me: ‘Charleroi want you, they want us to sign’. Because of my previous experience, I said I wouldn’t go but he convinced to accept.

“The love and the reception I got at Charleroi, helped me incredibly.”

Osimhen prepares for a new chapter with the Partenopei and wants to help Gennaro Gattuso’s men achieve success already in his first season at the San Paolo.

“I hope to take the next step through my experience at Napoli. I have been given the opportunity to come and be part of the history of a glorious club like the Azzurri, where great players like [Diego] Maradona, [Edinson] Cavani and [Gonzalo] Higuain have played before me.

“Next season we play in the Europa League and I want to help the club do well in the competition, as well as in the championship.”

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