Nigeria forward Victor Osimhen has revealed the inspiration behind his superb goalscoring run at Serie A club Napoli.
Osimhen has been in remarkable form for the Partenopei this season following the arrival of new manager Luciano Spalleti.
The 22-year-old has scored seven goals in his last five appearances for Napoli.
The striker scored 10 goals and provided three assists in 30 games for Napoli last season.
“They trust me and stood by me through the tough start last season,” Osimhen told BBC Sport Africa.
“The love I enjoy is massive – the club, the city, the supporters and everyone connected to Napoli makes me fly.
“I play for an incredible club with huge football history. I only have to focus and give my best all the time.”
Osimhen joined Napoli from French club Lille in July 2020 in a five-year deal that was reportedly worth more than $96m, although other reports put the figure closer to $80m.
The former Wolfsburg striker also played down reports that the huge transfer fee weighed heavily on his shoulders at first, and is relishing his new status having completed his stratospheric rise from amateur to professional football in just six years.
“Of course I am happy to be among the most expensive African footballers in history,” he added.
“I really want to get higher in the colours of Napoli. It was a childhood dream to become a professional footballer. I never knew this transfer or something this huge was going to happen.
“I just wanted to succeed in football, and do well for myself, take good care of my family and my few friends.”