Napoli forward Victor Osimhen has launched a foul-mouthed attack on the agent of team-mate Khvicha Kvaratskhelia over suggestions that he will move to the Saudi Pro League at the end of the season. Osimhen has been linked with a move away from Napoli over the last 12 months, with the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United said to be among his biggest admirers.
Osimhen turned down a lucrative move to Saudi Arabia in the summer, instead opting to stay at Napoli after saying no to the vast sums of money on offer. However, it was suggested earlier this week by Mamuka Jugeli, who represents Kvaratskhelia, that Osimhen will change his mind when the campaign is over.
In an interview with Georgian channel 1TV, Jugeli said: “Osimhen signed a new contract, but do you really think he will spend his entire career at Napoli? I can already tell you he will go to Saudi Arabia next summer. Napoli have raised his salary.”
Jugeli’s comments did not go down well with Osimhen, who responded by branding the agent a ‘dumb f***’ in a furious post on Instagram. It read: “Dear Mamuka Jugeli, you are a piece of filth and a disgrace. I’m embarrassed at your sense of reasoning. Dumb f***! Keep my name out of your mouth!’
Osimhen has already signed a contract extension at Napoli, which includes a £103million release clause and keeps him there until the summer of 2026. He has scored eight goals in all competitions for the Italian champions this season, having missed a number of games through injury and suspension.
The Nigerian forward recently explained his decision to reject a move to Saudi Arabia, insisting that money is not the only important thing when it comes to playing football. Speaking to former Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel on The Obi One podcast in November, he said: “The more I said no to these people, the more they increased it and increased it.
“It was literally like: ‘Wow’, seeing these things. I spoke with the people in charge and we spoke about it with my club and we saw what we could do, we decided, me and them. I told them: ‘I like these people, I want to stay, I don’t think I want to leave for now’.
“They understand where I’m coming from but they never gave up until their own transfer window [closed]. I said to them even before we played the first game of the season: ‘It’s done’. I really didn’t want to go back thinking, of course it’s a huge one, an amazing one that’s going to change my life.
“But, of course, I had to make the decision that’s good for my career too. As much as we play football for money, there’s more that comes with it.”
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