Victor Osimhen thought about leaving Napoli to move to Saudi Arabia after drawing a mammoth offer last summer, but he ultimately decided to stay put. José Pereiro, the coach of the Nigerian national team, dished on his star to Il Mattino (via Radio Sportiva).

“He can surely win the Ballon d’Or in the future. He’s not lacking anything to do it. He has different characteristics than other players that are at the top at this moment, but he scores a lot as well.”

“He mulled a departure, but then he elected to keep doing his best to help Napoli. I’m happy to see him compete for major goals in Europe.”

Osimhen scored a hat-trick in the most recent Nigeria game.

“I was afraid he would be down in the dumps, but instead he was devastating. He closed the AFCON qualifiers with ten goals and was the top scorer. He was the same smiley and happy Victor as always. It’s an advantage for everybody.”

Pereiro backed the striker’s choice.

“Osimhen is very happy in Naples. Staying in Europe and showcasing his skills in the Champions League is the best pathway for his growth. He’s young and has time to prove his talent. I understand that some proposals can make you wobble. Two seasons in Saudi Arabia are worth as much as ten in Europe. But money isn’t everything. He improved a lot in Italy.”

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