Napoli’s head coach, Rudi Garcia, has offered insight into Victor Osimhen’s current status at the club following a recent uproar caused by controversial TikTok videos released via Napoli’s official account. Osimhen, the Nigerian striker, has expressed frustration over these videos, which his agent claims belittled him.
The contentious videos at the heart of this controversy include one peculiarly comparing Osimhen to a coconut and another seemingly mocking his penalty miss during the weekend’s goalless draw against Bologna. In response to these videos, Osimhen has threatened legal action against his own club for their release.
Before the TikTok incident, Osimhen found himself in a heated dispute with head coach Rudi Garcia after missing a penalty kick alongside Napoli’s Khvicha Kvaratskhelia. However, Osimhen made a triumphant return to the field on Wednesday, securing the winning goal in Napoli’s 4-1 victory over Udinese in Serie A. This performance helped propel Napoli to fifth place in the league standings.
Notably, this marked Osimhen’s fourth goal in just six Serie A matches this season, and Garcia expressed his satisfaction with the player’s response following a challenging period.
Speaking ahead of Napoli’s triumph over Udinese, Rudi Garcia commented, “We were frustrated after the draw against Bologna, then some awkward things on social media that didn’t help us in the last two days. I spoke to Victor; it’s key to have him focused on the game — he’s going to do his best for Napoli.”
Despite his on-field contributions, Victor Osimhen’s long-term future at Napoli remains uncertain. During the summer transfer window, several prominent clubs, including Manchester United, Arsenal, and Chelsea, were linked with potential moves for the 24-year-old striker. Tottenham and Newcastle also expressed interest, with FootballTransfers exclusively reporting that Chelsea is leading the race for his signature.
While Napoli managed to fend off transfer interest over the summer, reports indicate that a potential contract extension for Osimhen has been in the works for over a month but has yet to be officially finalized. The recent TikTok controversy surrounding the player’s treatment by the club further complicates this matter.
Looking ahead, both Victor Osimhen and Napoli are scheduled to take on Lecce on Saturday, followed by a highly-anticipated clash with Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League next Tuesday. The unfolding developments surrounding Osimhen’s situation will undoubtedly continue to capture the attention of football enthusiasts worldwide.
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