Napoli have insisted that they 'did not intend to cause offence' to Victor Osimhen after the striker was mocked on the club's TikTok account. A controversial video, which appeared to make fun of the 24-year-old striker, was posted on Tuesday evening after he missed a penalty during the Italian giants' Serie A clash against Bologna at the weekend.
«Napoli, in order to avoid any exploitation on the topic, specifies that it never intended to offend or make fun of Victor Osimhen, the club's technical asset,» a statement released on Thursday evening from the club read. «To demonstrate this, during the summer training camp, the club firmly rejected every offer received for the striker’s transfer abroad.
»It is a common experience that on social media, in particular on TikTok, expressive language has always been created with lightness and creativity, without having had, in the case involving Osimhen, any intention of mockery or derision. However, if Victor had perceived any offense towards him, that is not what the club intended."
Osimhen has 'reserved the right to take legal action'. The Nigeria international has, however, continued to offer his services to the club, doubling Napoli's lead in the first-half against Udinese on Wednesday night.
After the game, Rudi Garcia played down speculation that Osimhen faces an uncertain future in Naples despite the off-field controversy. According to the Mirror, several Premier League clubs – including Arsenal – have been put on red-alert by the incident.
«I have had a very good rapport with Victor since the moment I arrived,» the Napoli boss told DAZN, as per Football Italia. «I am happy because he scored a goal and centre-forwards always want to score goals.
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