Dries Mertens extends his contract with Napoli
The news was hovering around Italian football circuit for the last few days, the news of Belgian star Dries Mertens probably extending his stay at Naples. It is finally confirmed today that the attacker has indeed penned a new deal with the Partenopei and vowed his future to them until 2020.
The news will arrive as a big downer for many clubs around the continent who were in pursuit of the in-form man. English giants Chelsea and Manchester United were prominently linked with the Napoli ace among others, but the news is going to end all the rumours surrounding the Belgian ace.
La Gazzetta dello Sport reports that Dries Mertens has extended his contract with SSC Napoli until 2020. His demands of increased wages are seemingly agreed by De Laurinitis & Co. and he will be earning a yearly salary of €4 million plus other bonuses. The deal also has a buyout clause of €28m which will be activated from the end of next season making his future at South Italy secured for at least two seasons.
The 30-year-old striker has been in prolific form this season and has netted 25 goals in 33 appearances in Serie A, thus keeping him in 2nd spot in the battle of Capocannoniere. After a moderate start to his days at Naples, he has slowly gained his prominence in the club.
The Belgian international got his opportunity in the first team regularly this season after Milik’s injury and has lived above the expectation. His performance has made the Neapolitan’s not call up a certain Gonzalo Higuain, who departed at the beginning of this campaign to Turin.
The extension of the contract of Dries Mertens will prove to be a big boost for Sarri’s men. With participation in UCL next season almost being confirmed, Napoli has taken one major step forward in bolstering their side, much to the relief of their fans and the disappointment of others.