David Ospina’s father Hernan has confirmed that the Arsenal goalkeeper will complete his move to Napoli if he plays just two more games before the end of the season.
When Ospina agreed his loan move to Napoli at the start of the season, reports suggested there was a clause included in his contract stating that the move would become permanent for a set fee if the goalkeeper played 25 matches.
The player’s father has confirmed those rumours as accurate and insisted reaching that target would be a dream come true.
“David is doing well and has recovered after injury immediately,” Hernan Ospina said. “We are waiting for a dream to come true because the 25th game will unlock the right of redemption from Napoli.
“Napoli’s season was good, finishing second behind Juventus, which is a structured team whose value is known. Ancelotti’s real project will be seen next season. David’s agents are waiting for Naples to resolve the contractual situation to ensure that his season stabilises.”
Ospina appeared in Napoli’s last two league games in a row, meaning he’s now just two away from that target of 25. However, the main reason he played those two matches was that Alex Meret was taking the Europa League games against Arsenal directly before each of them.
Now that the Europa League is finished for Napoli, Carlo Ancelotti can no longer give one competition to each goalkeeper. Meret and Ospina will both compete for one spot in the final five league games, so we’ll have to wait and see whether the Colombian gets the two appearances he needs.