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‘Victor Osimhen jokes with everyone and makes himself loved’– Napoli boss Gattuso praises Africa’s most expensive player



Napoli manager, Gennaro Gattuso, has urged Victor Osimhen to continue working hard, saying his personality had already caught the eye of his new teammates.

The 21-year-old Super Eagles forward is Nigeria and Africa’s most expensive signing in history and has been turning heads for the Parthenopeans since his big-money move from French side Lille in July.

He joined Napoli for an initial €71.2 million but a further €10.1 million is guaranteed in add-ons, taking the overall fee to €81.3 million which surpasses the £72 million Arsenal paid to land Nicolas Pepe, making him Africa’s most expensive player.

Osimhen scored an eight-minute hat-trick in their pre-season friendly against L’Aquila and continued his fine start to life at Stadio San Paolo against Teramo.

Gattuso has now advised the Super Eagles star not slow down when the 2020-21 campaign gets underway.

“Osimhen is a quiet guy who has to work a lot. He has a lot of physicalities, but he doesn’t have to be satisfied,” Gattuso told Radio Kiss Kiss.

“He must keep working hard”.

“The goals he scores right now don’t count for anything, but he fits in very well with the team. He jokes with everyone and makes himself loved.”

Osimhen started his European career with Bundesliga club Wolfsburg in 2017 before he teamed up with Belgian side Sporting Charleroi, then Lille.

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