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Napoli manager speaks on Osimhen Tiktok video controversy

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Napoli manager Rudi Garcia has insisted that Victor Osimhen is committed to the club despite the striker threatening to take legal action against the club.

A few days after Napoli’s goalless draw with Bologna on Saturday, the Serie A club posted a video on its official TikTok mocking Osimhen (their own player), despite his major role in securing the scudetto title for the club last season.

The now-deleted video featured the 24-year-old striker’s penalty miss from their Sunday match, with a sped-up voice-over dubbed on it.

Osimhen’s manager issued a statement saying, they would be taking legal actions against the club for the mocking videos – another video clip featured the striker being called a ‘coconut head,’

However, last night, the Nigeria international scored for the Partenopei in their 4-1 win over Udinese. During the post match, Garcia spoke on the controversy around the player who was linked with Manchester United and Chelsea, as well as his relationship with his manager.

“In Bologna we were all frustrated at not winning and he was even more after missing a penalty, so that can happen,’ said Garcia after a thumping 4-1 victory against Udinese. ‘We cleared the air, it all went back to normal.

‘Over the last two days there was a bit of trouble with some clumsy behaviour. Nobody wanted to be hurtful, not the TikTok with the video of Victor, nor Victor by taking his photographs down on social media.

‘Nobody intended to hurt anyone, these are instinctive reactions and are understandable.

‘It is his social media account, he can do what he wants with it. All I can say is that he loves this jersey and will give everything for Napoli this season as well.’

‘I complimented him, which is different,’ added Garcia. ‘I have had a very good rapport with Victor since the moment I arrived. I am happy because he scored a goal and centre-forwards always want to score goals.

‘He too was unlucky hitting the crossbar and upright in the last few games, but I told him to stay focused on the game.

‘Technically, he provided an assist today, because I had named him as the penalty taker this evening. I do not take someone off penalty duties if they make a mistake, but he decided to give that assist to Zielinski.’

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