In this interview with Europa Calcio, the elder brother of Victor Osimhen, Andrew, explains the reasons behind the striker’s choice of Napoli as his next career destination and link to Liverpool.
He also speaks about the motive behind the Super Eagles’ striker’s change of agent in the course of negotiating his transfer to the Serie A club.
Andrew, we’re all waiting to see Victor in the blue shirt of Napoli.
I tell you I’m sure he will be a Napoli player. During that two-day visit he was impressed by the city. Either way, the most important thing is that he plays. Victor is a born fighter, he left Africa to go to Germany alone when he was still a kid, before he went to Belgium and France.
During the two days he spent in Naples Victor changed his agent, can you explain what happened?
He was no longer happy with the old agent. D’Avila then did a great job in this deal. Sometimes you have to change the people around you, also considering the importance of this transfer.
There were reports that Liverpool were also interested in Victor, can you confirm this?
I can’t confirm because I don’t know. In times like these we read a lot of rumors.
What were the factors regarding the choice of Napoli?
He was very happy to meet Gennaro Gattuso, he is a coach who follows and cares very much for his players. But also that meeting in Capri with De Laurentiis was very positive and Victor described De Laurentiis as a good person.
What are the best qualities of Victor?
Victor wants to grow and improve in what he does, determined and focused on football. He also wants to always win, when he loses he gets angry.
In January 2017 Victor signed for Wolfsburg, what’s your thought on the move?
First of all, I want to highlight the great work of Chinedu Ogbenna, his coach at the Ultimate Striker. After the World Championship (U-17 World Cup) in Chile in 2015, many European clubs started following Victor. Not only Germans, but also English and Italians, including Inter. Wolfsburg was great, beautiful city and excellent him. I convinced our father to let him move to Wolfsburg. There he played with a great striker like Mario Gomez, and made friends with Luiz Gustavo and Dante.
However in 2018, he moved to Charleroi in Belgium.
He is still very close to Charleroi, he loves that club. He met Felice Mazzù, with whom he improved a lot.
And he eventually joined Lille in France….
Beautiful city and ideal environment for a young person. He also had the maximum support from the squad and the fans.
Speaking of fans, do you know that the Neapolitans are one of the hottest and most passionate?
Of course, he told me just a few days ago. But he is very happy with this and for him it will be just a big motivation.
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