Saudi Arabia’s club offer tempting, but I turned it down, Osimhen opens up on rumoured transfer


Super Eagles and Napoli striker, Victor Osimhen, has spoken about how he turned down the big offer by Al Hilal of Saudi Arabia.

In an interview featured in Napoli news outlet, Tutto Napoli, the striker made the disclosure in a chat with ‘Obi One Podcast’, the podcast of former Nigerian footballer, John Obi Mikel.


He confirmed that he almost switched to Al Hilal, the former club of Odion Ighalo.

His words: “What has been said is true. I have to be honest, I never thought about leaving last summer because Napoli wanted to keep me, but when the offer came from Saudi Arabia, a huge offer, it was hard to refuse. I spoke to Napoli and decided to stay.

“It was crazy… The more I said no, the more the economic supply increased. It would have changed my life, they never gave up. But I said: no guys, I’m staying. Do I want to continue playing in Europe now? Of course.

“I had talks in August; it was a huge decision for me to make. I spoke to Napoli and we decided together to refuse.

“I didn’t want people to think I wanted to leave. It was a positive decision for my career. As much as football is also played for money, there is also so much more.”

Regarding the English Premiership, Osimhen said he doesn’t have a favourite team.

“But I had two shirts: Chelsea and Manchester United. A lot of my friends support Chelsea, a little less Manchester United. The Premier League is a league that is very popular with African footballers.”


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