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Soccer-Osimhen is young lad with head of a 40-year-old, says Gattuso

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PARMA, Italy, Sept 20 (Reuters) - Napoli coach Gennaro
Gattuso is notoriously hard to please but he dished out rare
praise on Sunday when describing new Nigerian signing Victor
Osimhen as a "young lad with the head of a 40-year-old".
Osimhen, who became Napoli's record signing when he joined
from Lille in the summer for a reported 70 million euros, was
brought on for his debut after an hour of Sunday's Serie A match
at Parma and made an instant impact in their 2-0 win.
"I was struck by Osimhen's serious attitude," said Gattuso.
"He hasn't forgotten where he came from and the sacrifices he
made.
"He built himself up on his own and I congratulate him for
his will and desire. He is a young lad with the head of a
40-year-old, I hope he doesn't make mistakes and doesn't change
his attitude."
Osimhen, 21, grew up in a tough district of Lagos, lost his
mother at a young age and, along with his brother and sister,
sold bottled water to drivers stuck in the Lagos traffic to help
his family make ends meet.
Gattuso said he wanted to get Napoli back into the top four
again after last year's turbulent season where they finished
seventh after a late recovery and won the Coppa Italia.
"It's natural that given the history of the last ten years
we want to return to the top four," he said.
"I want to see a well organised team that have clear
principles in their heads and that know how to make themselves
available in difficult moments."


Soccer-Osimhen is young lad with head of a 40-year-old, says Gattuso
 

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