• Dries Mertens Admits to Holding Talks With Premier League Club Before Signing New Napoli Deal

    News Fri 2 Jun 2017

    Napoli forward Dries Mertens has admitted that he held talks with Chelsea among other clubs before signing a new contract with his current side last week.

    The Belgian international has thrived this season after stepping into the gaping shoes left by Gonzalo Higuain.

    The winger-turned-striker was a formidable outlet in Naples this campaign, scoring 28 goals and racking up nine assists in Serie A.

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    Understandably, much was questioned about his future with the club, but Mertens himself signed a new contract last week, putting any idea of a switch firmly to bed. However, he has since admitted that there were talks with other clubs before committing his future to Napoli.

    ​”Yes there was interest [from Chelsea], and from other clubs also, but in my head there was never an intention to change clubs.” He told Sky Sports.

    “This season was really good. I am going to try and be even better next year.”

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    Napoli finished this season in third, only one point behind second placed Roma, and Mertens has outlined his enjoyment of life in Serie A.

    “Yes there is a buyout clause. But I’m happy at Napoli and I want to stay. I really like Italy. I am good there and they treat me good.”

    the buyout clause in his new contract could give Mertens a way out of the club in future, but the 30-year-old has little time on his side, and may well see out the rest of his career in Italy.

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    Source: http://www.90min.com/posts/5085640-dries-mertens-admits-to-holding-talks-with-premier-league-club-before-signing-new-napoli-deal?utm_source=RSS


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