NEWS
Monday June 22 2020
Mertens celebration jersey for Napoli

Napoli have announced they’ll wear a special edition jersey against Verona marking the new club all-time scorers’ record set by Dries Mertens.

The shirt will include a patch created for the occasion and will also be sold to the general public after the Serie A match.

With his Coppa Italia semi-final equaliser against Inter, Mertens took his tally to 122 goals in the Napoli jersey, one more than previous record-holder Marek Hamsik.

This will be reflected in the patch, whose design at the moment is kept secret.

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NEWS
Wednesday June 17 2020
Mertens: 'Here's when I made my decision'

Dries Mertens reveals why he decided to sign a new contract with Napoli just hours before winning the Coppa Italia. ‘This squad, the coach, staff, and the city…’

The Partenopei pushed Juventus all the way in the Final this evening, eventually emerging triumphant after a penalty shoot-out.

“We gave our all because we want to achieve something truly special,” ‘Ciro’ Mertens told RAI Sport.

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NEWS
Wednesday June 17 2020
Mertens: Love letter to Napoli

After signing the contract extension, Dries Mertens released a video that is a love letter to Napoli and the city of Naples. “I feel sorry for those who aren’t in love with Naples, because they’ve never seen it as I have.”

The Belgian had seemed ready to walk away this summer, with far more lucrative deals on the table from Inter, Chelsea and Manchester United.

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NEWS
Wednesday June 17 2020
OFFICIAL: Mertens signs new Napoli deal

Dries Mertens has finally put pen to paper on a new Napoli contract, keeping him at the club for at least two more years.

Mertens’ signature came on Wednesday afternoon, just hours before Napoli are due to contest the Coppa Italia Final.

“Happy to be together for a long time. Long live Dries!” tweeted President Aurelio De Laurentiis.

He has extended his deal until 2022, with the option of a third season at the San Paolo, after declining moves to Chelsea and Inter.

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NEWS
Monday June 15 2020
VIDEO: Maradona congratulates Mertens

Diego Maradona has congratulated Dries Mertens for becoming Napoli’s all-time top goalscorer. “Like this, we get better every day.”

Maradona had been Napoli’s top scorer for almost three decades on 115 goals, until Marek Hamsik surpassed him in December 2017.

Hamsik left Napoli on 121 goals, which Mertens had been stuck on since February before his equaliser against Inter, which also sent the Partenopei into the Coppa Italia Final.

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NEWS
Monday June 15 2020
ADL: 'Mertens is special'

Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis confirmed the new deal with Dries Mertens and revealed he wants to keep the Belgium international at the San Paolo beyond his playing career.

The 33-year-old had been linked with a move to Inter in recent months but seems set to stay at the San Paolo, only formalities away from signing a new deal.

Mertens became the club’s all-time leading goalscorer after having sent the Partenopei to the Coppa Italia Final on Saturday and De Laurentiis said it was ‘easy’ to renew his deal.

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NEWS
Sunday June 14 2020
Martinez: 'Mertens in his prime'

Belgium manager Roberto Martinez relished a ‘fantastic’ Coppa Italia game between Napoli and Inter. ‘Dries Mertens is at the prime of his career.’

The semi-final ended 1-1 at the Stadio San Paolo last night, sending the Partenopei through 2-1 on aggregate.

Mertens scored the equaliser, making history with his 122nd goal for the club, a new all-time record.

“It was an incredible match, fantastic,” Martinez told Belgian television RTBF.

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NEWS
Sunday June 14 2020
Koulibaly: 'Mertens became a killer'

Kalidou Koulibaly praises teammate Dries Mertens for becoming the all-time Napoli top scorer with 122 goals. ‘He became a real killer upfront.’

The Belgian surpassed Marek Hamsik thanks to last night’s 1-1 Coppa Italia semi-final draw with Inter.

“I’ve been with him from our first days at Napoli, he used to come pick me up from home as we drove to training at Castel Volturno,” Koulibaly told Sky Sport Italia.

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NEWS
Sunday June 14 2020
Agent: 'Hamsik happy for Mertens'

Marek Hamsik’s agent says the midfielder is ‘very happy’ Dries Mertens broke Napoli’s goalscoring record and that he could return after he retires.

Hamsik was the highest scorer in Napoli’s history with 122 goals, but he was finally beaten last night by Mertens, whose equaliser against Inter also ensured the Partenopei reached their first Coppa Italia Final since 2014.

“Dries and Marek are close friends,” Juri Venglos told Radio Kiss Kiss.

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BLOG ITALIA
Sunday June 14 2020
Coppa Final vindication for Gattuso's Napoli

Gennaro Gattuso’s Napoli revival continued by pushing past Inter to reach their first Coppa Italia Final since 2014, writes Kaus Pandey.

When Rino Gattuso replaced Carlo Ancelotti in December, things looked pretty bleak for Napoli, but he has turned their season around and could win silverware by taking them to their first Coppa Italia Final since 2014. Under Don Carlo, the dressing room was fractured and the players were openly rebelling against the club.

On the pitch, they hadn’t won a game in nine outings and were dropping away from European qualification. The defensive midfield issue was exposing the team’s backline on a weekly basis, as they leaked goals.

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