Sunday September 8 2019
Mertens planning post-Napoli future

Dries Mertens is widely expected to leave Napoli at the end of the season, with his future at Anderlecht, in China or MLS.

The Belgian was asked about his future while on international duty yesterday and gave a diplomatic reply.

“I am at Napoli, so this is my future.”

Of course, his contract is only due to run until the end of the season and La Repubblica report there are no negotiations for an extension.

The 32-year-old had already been tipped to leave last summer for Dalian Yifang, but the Chinese club would not meet Napoli’s asking price.

It’s reported there are three possible options for next term, as Mertens could return home to Belgium for RSC Anderlecht.

Other candidates for his signature are the Chinese Super League or Major League Soccer in the US.

Mertens was purchased from PSV Eindhoven for €9.5m in 2013, becoming a mainstay of the Partenopei with 110 goals and 68 assists in 284 competitive games.

He has been practically adopted by the fans and city, given the classically Neapolitan nickname ‘Ciro.’

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