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Ospina happy to play second-role in Napoli

NAPLES, ITALY - AUGUST 25: David Ospina of SSC Napoli in action during the serie A match between SSC Napoli and AC Milan at Stadio San Paolo on August 25, 2018 in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)
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David Ospina would like to remain a Napoli player next season even if that means starting from the bench, according to the player’s father.

The Colombian shot-stopper is currently on loan from Arsenal to Napoli and has been instrumental to the club’s rise this season following a long term injury of the first-choice goalkeeper Meret.

Ospina has however returned to first-team training less than two weeks since he was involved in a nasty collision, which led to a stint in intensive care and CAT scans for a potential head injury.

But his Dad feels he will enjoy another stint Napoli even if that means playing second fiddle in the goalkeeping department.

“Looking at the incident on TV, we were really worried,” dad Hernan told CalcioNapoli24.

“Thank God, however, that everything went the way it had to and now David is fine: he’s already back training like he was before and we hope he can return against Arsenal, a team with great physicality but who leak goals.

“David’s very happy to be at Napoli. He’s happy with everything at the club. He’d like to stay another season, even if isn’t the starting goalkeeper. He’d still be part of a great team.”

Napoli have a €4m option to make the 30-year-old’s loan deal permanent this summer.

Arsenal’s preferred option in goal remains Bernd Leno, one of Unai Emery’s first signings at the club.