Nigeria international and Napoli striker, Victor Osimhen has finally disclosed that he almost switched to Al Hilal, the former club of Odion Ighalo.
The 24-year-old led the Partenopei to their first Scudetto in 33 years last season, winning the Cappocanoniere (Golden Boot) with 26 league goals and becoming the highest-scoring African in Serie A history along the way.
The Nigerian has been linked with a move away from Napoli with Premier League clubs monitoring as talks on a new deal with the Partenopei have stalled since the summer.
The Nigerian revealed while speaking to ‘Obi One Podcast’, the podcast of former Nigerian footballer John Obi Mikel.
“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,” Osimhen told Napoli news outlet, Tutto Napoli.
“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.
The Premier League is very popular with African footballers. But I had two shirts: Chelsea and Manchester United. A lot of my friends support Chelsea, a little less Manchester United.”