How I was pushed to become like Drogba – Victor Osimhen

Super Eagles striker, Victor Osimhen has revealed that he was pushed into patterning his football after Ivoirian legend, Didier Drogba.

The 25-year-old Napoli playmaker on different occasions made it clear that the former Chelsea attacker is his mentor.

According to the Nigeria international, he was introduced to Drogba’s style of football as a child, coupled with the passionate fans and the whole community.

Osimhen was quoted by Il Matino as saying; “The whole world knows that I am inspired by Didier Drogba. When I was a child, they introduced me to his [Drogba] style of football, the passionate fans, and then the whole community pushed me to follow him.

“And so, I started to take an interest in him, to watch many clips, and learn from his movements and integrate them into my way of playing.”

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CorrectNG reported earlier that Victor Osimhen explained why he chose to reject the offer from Saudi Arabia despite knowing it ‘would’ve changed his life’.

He was having a chat with John Obi Mikel on the ‘Obi One Podcast’, and he noted that it was a tough choice but he had two other clubs in mind.

Mikel had urged Osimhen to move to Chelsea next summer, as he said the club was deperately looking for someone like him.

“Next season I know you will come to Chelsea man! I tell you, I will be the agent who will broker that deal. I will make sure it happens. We are desperate for someone like you since Drogba left the club,” he said.

In response, the 24-year-old said; “I don’t have a favourite Premier League club, but I have two shirts, Chelsea and Manchester United. Many of my friends are Chelsea fans, a few Man United. The Premier League is the most popular league for any African player, it’s a great league”.

Saudi side Al-Hilal offered €200m in a serious attempt to sign Osimhen in the summer, but Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis refused to accept, making it clear that he wasn’t ready to let the star striker leave just yet.

Reflecting on the snubbed offer, the Nigeria international said it was hard to refuse at first but he decided to stay after a serious talk with Napoli.