An official statement from the Hospital Federico II in Naples has denied Napoli striker Victor Osimhen brought a new COVID variant to Italy upon his return from Africa.
Osimhen tested positive for COVID at the beginning of January, upon his return to Naples from Nigeria where he had attended a birthday party without wearing a protective mask.
Regione Campania, according to Football Italia, claimed earlier this week a new COVID variant had been detected in a “professional returning from Africa.”
“A professional returning from a trip to Africa tested positive for COVID19 and thanks to the collaboration between the laboratories of Federico II and the Hospital Pascale, Giuseppe Portella of Federico II identified a highly suspicious case and in a very short time the team of Nicola Normanno discovered a COVID variant never detected in Italy so far,” the statement read.
According to Il Napolista, the professional mentioned in the statement is Victor Osimhen, but the Federico II has denied the report.
“We categorically deny the news that Napoli player Victor Osimhen is the professional from Africa that would have allowed to isolate the variant Covid B.1.525.
“There are no players of SSC Calcio Napoli involved in this. All health data are always strictly processed in full respect of the protection of privacy.”
A Napoli spokesman has told ANSA “every Napoli player underwent swab tests after Osimhen had tested positive, verifying that no other player had been infected. The club is waiting for official news from health authorities on the fact that Osimhen may have had the variant.”
Bayern Munich star David Alaba has confirmed his decision to leave the Bundesliga giants in the summer.
There had been reports that utility defence ace had reached an agreement with Real Madrid for summer move
Alaba has however denied the reports, saying that he’s not yet decided on the club he’s going to join when his contract with the German giants comes to an end this summer.
He told a press conference, as per El Mundo Deportivo as cited by Football Espana: “I have made a personal decision to leave Bayern to try something new after this season. It was not an easy decision; I have been here for 13 years and the club means a lot to me.
“I have not yet made the decision about my next destination. We will see. It is no secret that my agents are in contact with the clubs. There are a lot of rumours, but I prefer to focus on Bayern. I am in contact with my representatives, the rest remains to be seen.
“My managers are in contact with everyone. They will inform me of everything and I will not go crazy when deciding.
“Everyone, really everyone has fought for me to stay. And I am very, very grateful to the club for that and for that it has been a very difficult decision. I can say that Bayern are my family.
“This is not for financial reasons. I have five, six or seven years of football left and I just wondered what to do.”
The Austrian is highly sought after due to his versatility in between defence and midfield, with Bayern deploying him at left back and central midfield in recent times.
Born in Vienna to a Nigerian father and a mother from the Philippines, Alaba came through the youth system at Bayern after being poached