David Ospina’s father Hernan says it’s ‘wonderful news’ that Napoli plan to sign his son permanently, after recent comments from manager Carlo Ancelotti on the issue.
In the last week, Ancelotti announced that Ospina will stay at the club ‘regardless’ of whether he hits 25 appearances for the season. That was the number at which the compulsory purchase clause in the goalkeeper’s contract would be activated, but it seems Napoli plan to take up the option either way.
Reacting to the news, Hernan Ospina seemed pretty pleased that his son will be able to make his transfer to Italy permanent.
“I was not aware of Ancelotti’s words, to be honest, I did not know anything about it,” he began (via TuttoMercatoWeb). “It is, however, wonderful news, and I hope it becomes reality. It’s nice for a father to know something like that because the boy is doing very well in Naples and wants to stay.
“David is focused, working with dedication and waiting for the opportunities the manager offers him. Ospina has had space in Naples, has been well received by the people and is peaceful. Napoli provide an important opportunity for my son who in blue has the chance to show his qualities also in the international field, we are happy.”
That’s good to hear, as it implies there aren’t going to be any problems on either side when it comes to completing a deal this summer. Napoli have already paid €1m to Arsenal as a loan fee, but their option-to-buy would be another €4m.
It’s still not a particularly high price to pay for a goalkeeper nowadays, even if Ospina does only have a year left on his Arsenal deal. However, The Gunners really just need to get him off the wage bill, considering he’s unlikely to become the first-choice goalkeeper in North London next season if he did return.
Ospina’s kept seven clean sheets in 18 games for Napoli this season, with four of those coming in his last four matches for the club. No wonder they’re suddenly keen to keep him around.