Monday July 15 2013
Mertens has Napoli goal

Dries Mertens is hoping to ripple the net with continuity after he was unveiled as a new Napoli player on Monday.

The Belgium international has joined the Azzurri from PSV Eindhoven in a deal thought to be worth around €10m.

“I was ready to leave Holland and Serie A is a big step for me,” the 26-year-old stated. “I’m proud to be here.

“I hope to be important because I haven’t come here to sit on the bench. I’m a player who can score and assist, even if I know I’ll have to help out defensively too.

“Two seasons ago I scored 21 goals and collected 16 assists. Last season my score was 16 goals and 21 assists.

“The fans have already asked me to score against Juventus, evidently they don’t like them…”

Mertens is a wide attacker who has a preferred role. “I hope to play on the left as I’ve spent the last five years there, but I’m ready to change if necessary.

“I chose Napoli with my heart. And I’m not here just because Rafa Benitez wanted me, Napoli wanted me just as much.”

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