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Original Napoli signing Victor Osimhen acknowledged Wednesday he had been sceptical before agreeing to be a half of the Serie A membership thanks to the racist fame of some fans in Italy.

Napoli splashed out a membership account payment of up to 80 million euros ($94.6 million) to stamp the Nigeria forward from French outfit Lille.

“There became as soon as fairly of scepticism on my section, because the be anxious of racism is an be anxious that exists all over,” Osimhen told journalists.

“Then I visited the metropolis of Naples, saw the ambiance with my maintain eyes and realised that I am in an very perfect wanting metropolis.

“(Racism) is a world be anxious. I’m obvious I maintain chosen properly and the Neapolitans will effect me if truth be told feel at home with their adore.”

Racism has been a routine be anxious in Italian stadiums, along with monkey noises directed at unlit avid gamers.

Final season Brescia’s Italy world Mario Balotelli threatened to scoot off the pitch after being focused at Lazio and Hellas Verona.

Nonetheless Osimhem acknowledged he had “all the time been pleased that Naples became as soon as the finest different for me each and each for the contemporary and for the prolonged bustle.

“Each and each as a individual and as a footballer.”

Napoli’s Senegalese world defender Kalidou Koulibaly has acknowledged that Osimhen had asked him about racism in Italy before becoming a member of the membership.

“He known as me, we talked about racism, I told him that coming to Naples he obtained’t maintain these complications, he’ll safe the true metropolis,” Koulibaly told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“I too felt the bitterness of the racist insult, but by no technique in Naples. I reassured him, I told him that if he comes, he can maintain made the finest different.”

The 21-one year-former Osimhen became as soon as supplied on the crew’s coaching camp in the central Abruzzo space, along with Albanian defender Amir Rrahmani, a brand original arrival from Hellas Verona.

Nonetheless Italian striker Andrea Petagna, who signed from SPAL, became as soon as missing as he recovers from coronavirus.

Osimhen became as soon as regarded as a few of the pricey avid gamers in Serie A historic past, costing practically double Napoli’s outdated membership account of round 40 million euros paid for Gonzalo Higuain in 2013 and Hirving Lozano closing one year.

“Fiddling with Napoli is a dream,” he acknowledged.

“I thank (owner Aurelio) De Laurentiis and (coach Gennaro) Gattuso who straight away regarded as me as their son.

“I determined to rep the be anxious with Napoli correct after speaking with them.

“For a young player esteem me, having this warmth is valuable.”

Napoli accomplished seventh in Serie A closing season and qualified for the Europa League after a success the Italian Cup, their first trophy in six years.

The original season in Italy kicks off on September 19.

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