Victor Osimhen Gennaro Gattuso Napoli Atalanta Serie AGetty

Osimhen: Why I want to repay Gattuso at Napoli

Victor Osimhen is eager to pay back the faith shown in him by Napoli coach Gennaro Gattuso since he arrived from Lille on a big money deal in the summer.

The 21-year-old has played in all of Napoli's Serie A matches this campaign and he has two goals to his name already.

He broke his duck in the Italian top-flight against Atalanta in October and he scored the match-winning goal which gave Napoli a 1-0 win on the road at Bologna just before the international break.

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Prior to his move to Italy in August, the Nigeria striker recalled the warm welcome he got from Gattuso and the desire the former AC Milan midfielder and coach showed to have him in his squad.

"Sometimes we watch people on TV and quickly judge them, I think for me he is a great man and he is becoming a great coach also," Osimhen told Brila FM.

“When I first went to Napoli, I went to his home and I know the way he spoke to me and how he really wants me and this is the most important thing, a man I watched on TV and really admire a lot.

“For him supporting me and pushing me to the hardest, trying to bring the best out of me I want to repay him for the believe he has had in me which is the most important thing."

Osimhen is a doubt for Napoli’s league outing against AC Milan at the Stadio San Paolo on Sunday as he continues recovery from a dislocated shoulder.

The former Lille star suffered the shoulder injury during Nigeria’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifying fixture against Sierra Leone which ended in a 4-4 draw in Benin.