Osimhen’s new Napoli contract: Signs that the Partenopei can challenge for the Serie A title again?

Napoli aren't in the Serie A title race in 2023/24, but the outgoing champions managing to extend Victor Osimhen's contract might just suggest that they plan on being back fighting at the very top next season.

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News that Victor Osimhen put pen to paper on an extended contract to keep him at outgoing Serie A champions Napoli would have come as music to the ears of Partenopei fans during the Christmas period.

Despite their poor attempt to defend their title, Osimhen has been performing at a reasonably high level with seven goals and two assists in 13 Serie A appearances before Christmas.

Last season, Osimhen contributed 30 goals in 32 Serie A games and was named the Italian top flight’s Best Striker. As a result, his future with the Partenopei was up in the air. His future looked increasingly likely to lie away from Campania as he didn’t see eye to eye with Rudi Garcia, and some ill-advised social media posts from the club’s official channels only served to anger the Nigerian forward further. 

Recently, though, there had been growing confidence that the striker would extend his stay at Napoli and, on December 23, his new contract was announced.

Victor Osimhen new Napoli contract details

Napoli’s Victor Osimhen with the Serie A title. (@en_sscnapoli)

The news had been rumoured to be close to completion for some time, and Napoli president, Aurelio De Laurentiis, announced that Osimhen had signed a new deal on December 23, 2023.

Reports have suggested the Nigerian’s yearly salary has doubled to €10 million per season.

Should he see out the new contract, Osimhen will continue with Napoli until the end of the 2025/26 season (a year extension of his previous deal).

Napoli were reported to have been asking for more than €100 million to let Osimhen leave after their Serie A title win in 2022/23. Now, he is said to have a release clause between €120-130m, as reported by Sky Sport Italia.

Matteo Politano and Victor Osimhen celebrate a goal. (@sscnapoli)

New Osimhen contract a boost for Napoli

Despite the 2023/24 season not yet having hit its midway point, Napoli know that they will not be successfully defending their title. They were six places and 17 points off Serie A table toppers Inter at Christmas.

So, Osimhen penning a renewal became all the more important for the club, and fans may well see this as a sign that the Partenopei do still have ambitions of challenging for the title in seasons to come.

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