David Ospina knows there’s a very good chance he won’t be first choice if he stays at Napoli next season, but that doesn’t seem to be dampening his will to secure an exit from Arsenal.
A head injury saw Ospina drop out of the side, and 22 year old Alex Meret took his chance. Meret is the man who seems to be the future of Napoli’s goalkeeping department, and long term that would see the 30 year old Colombian as support.
The Arsenal owned player and his family have always been very positive when speaking about Napoli and their lives in Italy away from the pitch.
Asked whether Ospina will continue at the club, his father Hernan told TMW: “He is very happy in Naples, he finds himself very well with his family and dreams of staying there a long time.”
Naples isn’t a bad place to live for a millionaire, especially if the stopper likes pizza.
The club face Arsenal tonight in London, and Hernan explained his son is really eager to make a return to playing: “Clearly. I talked to him a few days ago, he’s recovered 100% from the bad blow to the head against Udinese. Thank God he no longer feels pain, and that in the end the injury was just a big scare and nothing more.”
Napoli have a clause to purchase Ospina for €4m, that’s automatic if he makes 25 appearances or more. He’s currently on 21, and it’s possible the level won’t be reached.
The Italians may then try for a cheaper price from Arsenal, or even look for a cheaper option elsewhere, especially in terms of wages, if Meret is going to be first choice.