David Ospina’s father has said that the player still wants to sign for Napoli even if he won’t be first choice at the club.

Napoli's Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina (L) resumes playing after being injured during the Italian Serie A football match Napoli vs Udinese at the San Paolo stadium in Naples. (Photo by Carlo Hermann / AFP)
Napoli’s Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina (L) resumes playing after being injured during the Italian Serie A football match Napoli vs Udinese at the San Paolo stadium in Naples. (Photo by Carlo Hermann / AFP)

Ospina was widely expected to join Napoli in the summer with the Italians paying €4m for him as stipulated in his loan agreement. Therefore, it seems strange that Ospina’s father is using the press to push for the move to happen.

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“He is very happy to be in Naples, he is very happy with the whole environment,” Hernan Ospina said.

“He would like to stay next year, he would also accept the role of non-holder because he is part of an important team.”

In February, according to reports from Italy, Napoli were close to signing Ospina on a permanent basis, with a €4m deal all but agreed for the summer.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 14: David Ospina of Arsenal celebrates after Hector Bellerin of Arsenal scored the 3rd arsenal goal during the UEFA Europa League group H match between Arsenal FC and 1. FC Koeln at Emirates Stadium on September 14, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 14: David Ospina of Arsenal celebrates after Hector Bellerin of Arsenal scored the 3rd arsenal goal during the UEFA Europa League group H match between Arsenal FC and 1. FC Koeln at Emirates Stadium on September 14, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

CalcioMercato reported that they understood Ospina was ‘very much willing to join’ and had already given his approval to the transfer, while Arsenal had been in contact with Napoli to sort the deal.

Ospina has a compulsory purchase clause in his loan deal, which would have activated at 25 appearances and made the Colombian a Napoli player for the same fee. However, Carlo Ancelotti already announced that Ospina will stay at the club ‘regardless’ of whether he hits that appearance target.

Ospina Snr even spoke of his delight that his son would sign for Napoli permanently so quite what’s going on is not clear at this point.