Tuesday, April 23, 2024

‘Osimhen same level as Drogba but must stop diving’ – Mourinho

Victor Osimhen is “the same level as Didier Dogba” but needs to stop diving if he wants a Premier League transfer, says Jose Mourinho.

The current Roma boss got another good look at Nigeria international Osimhen during his side’s latest outing in Serie A on Sunday night, with the talented 24-year-old netting a stunning goal in a 2-1 victory for Napoli over the Giallorossi. Osimhen has found the target on 15 occasions through 20 appearances this season, leading to talk of interest from the likes of Manchester United, and former Red Devils boss Mourinho – who worked with Ivorian frontman Drogba at Chelsea – has told a much sought-after talent what he needs to do in order to thrive outside of Italy.

Mourinho told reporters when asked for his take on Osimhen: “He is of the same level as Drogba, but Didier didn’t dive. If Victor changes, then OK. I’d buy him if I was at a club with a lot of money. However, if he does go to England one day, he needs to change, because in Italy they put up with this sort of behaviour, whereas in the Premier League, they’d come down hard on him.”

Mourinho added on what he said to Osimhen after a meeting in Naples: “I told him that he scored a wonderful goal and needs to stop diving so much. His goal was fantastic, he did the same thing when we met earlier this season, so he’s a fantastic player. But he mustn’t dive.”




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