Lille Metropole of France striker, Victor Osimhen has restated his desire to stick with the club for the long-term, but his coach, Christophe Galtier has confessed that the youngster will eventually be forced to listen to a major offer from a big club sometime next season, megasportsarena.com reports.
Though Galtier enthused that Osimhen will not leave Lille this summer, the Ligue 1 club’s gaffer conceded that they will not be able to hold him once any of the big clubs currently gunning for his contract makes a formal hefty bid for the lad.
This verdict comes against the backdrop of growing interest in Osimhen by Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Liverpool of England as well as Barcelona and Real Madrid of Spain, who all have left Galtier admitting that the Eagles’ rookie could be forced to listen to tempting offers even if he does not leave Lille in the summer transfer window.
Galtier conceded that it will be hard to withhold the Chile 2015 FIFA U17 World Cup winner and top scorer, who has taken the French Ligue 1 by storm in his first full season for Lille, with 13 goals and five assists in 26 appearances in the domestic scene and three more in Europe.
Although Lille’s president, Gérard Lopez assured that Osimhen will not be sold this summer, even he admitted they may need to make a deal happen should there arise any circumstances beyond their control, and Galtier has now agreed that the former VfL Wolfsburg of Germany and Sporting Charleroi of Belgium lad could move on the back of his current stunning form.
Galtier said: “Victor said he wanted to stay here next season. He’s a sincere boy, he’s happy here. He is appreciated, adored by supporters. (However,) afterwards, if in a few weeks big teams arrive with an interest in him, he will be forced to listen. It is the logic of things.”
That too was admitted by Osimhen, who has four years left on his contract with Lille, which he joined from Charleroi last August, as the product of Ultimate Strikers Football Academy of Oregun, Lagos, who has scored a total of 18 goals in 36 games across all competitions, says he will love to stay put at Lille, but knows the lure of offers from big clubs could take him away.
The youngster, who is valued at around 30m euros by transfer market experts, has contractual obligations with Lille until the end of the 2023/24 season, but his performances have attracted the interest of more glamorous teams in Europe, with a view to making concrete moves soon, but the youngster stressed that he owes a lot for now to his coach and club president at Lille.
Osimhen told Foot Mercato: “Thank you to the coach and thank you to the club especially for giving me the opportunity to be able to do what I am doing today. But I would like to go even further and score more goals for my team.
“When I signed my contract, the managers made me understand that they wanted me to stay for a while. Personally, I love life here, people are nice. The club facilities are incredible. Lille is a big club in France and of course I want to stay.
“I would love to stay in Lille but you never know what can happen. I owe a lot to this club, and I will go where the leaders want. Gérard Lopez is the boss. So, if he wants me to stay I will, but if it was up to me, of course I would stay.”