Victor Osimhen’s agent has threatened Napoli that he will take legal action after the club published a controversial TikTok video on Tuesday, but tension between the Partenopei and their striker has been growing for several weeks.
Osimhen’s agent Roberto Calenda raged at Napoli on Tuesday night after the club had published a TikTok video seemingly mocking his client. The striker’s agent threatened to take legal action against the Partenopei, while Osimhen deleted almost all his pictures in a Napoli shirt from his Instagram account.
There are two videos that infuriated Osimhen and his agent. One posted after the game with Bologna and the other shared a few days earlier where the striker was compared to a coconut.
Tension between Osimhen and his club has escalated over the last few weeks and months.
The latest incident happened on Sunday when the striker publicly blamed coach Rudi Garcia for replacing him in the final minutes of a 0-0 draw against Bologna. Osimhen reportedly apologised to his coach and teammates and Napoli did not fine him. However, it was not the end of the story.
Tension between the club and their star striker has been growing since last summer when Osimhen arrived for his first day of pre-season alongside his representative.
Calenda had several meetings with Aurelio De Laurentiis during Napoli’s pre-season. The two parties seemed close to reaching an agreement and, before the start of the campaign, several reliable media including Sky Sport Italia, had claimed Osimhen’s contract extension was pretty much done and sealed.
However, Osimhen sparked speculation over his future at the Stadio Maradona after the first Serie A game of the season.
“The president is the boss. We are still negotiating [over a new contract], we’ll see at the end of the transfer window,” said Osimhen after inspiring Napoli’s 3-1 win over Frosinone with a brace.
“For now, I am a Napoli player which is the most important thing,” he continued. “I will give my heart and soul to this team as I’ve always done in the past. We’ll see what happens.”
Osimhen’s contract at the Stadio Maradona runs out in June 2025 and it remains to be seen if negotiations between the two parties will ever resume.
Osimhen is still expected to start in a Serie A game against Udinese on Wednesday night, but a new twist today would not be surprising.