Osimhen destined for Greatness – Lille Director Ocampos

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LILLE, FRANCE - OCTOBER 02: Victor Osimhen of Lille celebrates after he scores his sides first goal during the UEFA Champions League group H match between Lille OSC and Chelsea FC at Stade Pierre Mauroy on October 02, 2019 in Lille, France. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Lille sporting director Luis Ocampos said the Club has been on the hills of forward Victor Osimhen for a very long time, before they eventually got him in the summer transfer window.

Osimhen who arrived Lille from Belgian side Charleroi has hit the ground running, scoring seven goals and recording two assists in nine league appearances for the club.

 

Campos whose resume,  of molding young players into stars, include Kylian Mbappe, Nicolas Pepe, James Rodriguez, Anthony Martial, Fabinho, Bernardo Silva and Benjamin Mendy, while at Monaco said he had to wait for many years to get the Nigerian starlet for the Club.

 

“I went to Lagos to see the U17 World Championships. After one match I wanted him. But his price was very expensive for a 17-year-old.

“I spoke to my CEO. I called him every night saying, ‘Please give me this player, he is amazing. In two years he will be one of the best in Europe.

 

“In the end the player went to Wolfsburg. I went to Wolfsburg just to see him play. Sometimes he only played for five minutes, sometimes only two. I was crazy for him!

 

“Then he had a virus and had five or six months not playing and went to Charleroi in Belgium. Two months later I signed him. So itʼs a nice story. I lost the player but then got him back.

 

Ocampos however predicted that should Osimhen keep on performing , then it will be difficult for the Club to hold on to him.

 

“If all is normal at the end of the season there will be a big move for him because he’s like a cat. You know, if you have a cat and give it a ball! Heʼs unbelievable. In the last 20 metres he attacks every ball. Every ball. Like a cat.” he said.

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