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Friday December 20 2019
Napoli offer Mertens extension

Napoli striker Dries Mertens has reportedly been offered a two-year contract extension, according to Sky Sport Italia.

The Belgian striker has been at the San Paolo since 2013, when he signed from PSV Eindhoven for €9.5m.

He was initially deployed on the wing under Rafa Benitez, but Maurizio Sarri then converted him into a striker, and the goals have flowed ever since.

He recently overtook the legendary Diego Armando Maradona on Napoli’s greatest goalscorers’ list, and now sits second behind Marek Hamsik, on 118 in all competitions.

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Thursday October 24 2019
Maradona 'always supported Mertens'

Diego Armando Maradona “has always been a supporter of Dries Mertens and believed in him,” said the Napoli legend’s agent after last night’s historic goals.

Mertens bagged a brace in the Champions League 3-2 victory at RB Salzburg, taking his tally up to 116 goals in a Partenopei jersey, one more than Maradona.

The Belgian now has his sights set on Marek Hamsik’s all-time club record of 121 goals.

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Wednesday October 23 2019
Mertens overcomes Maradona

Dries Mertens has surpassed Diego Maradona’s tally of 115 goals in a Napoli jersey and is now closing on Marek Hamsik’s record of 121.

The 32-year-old Belgian bagged a brace during this evening’s 3-2 Champions League victory away to RB Salzburg.

He had been one goal behind Maradona’s total of 115, but in one night matched and surpassed it to reach 116.

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NEWS
Friday September 13 2019
Napoli invite Maradona's new club

Napoli have contacted Diego Maradona’s new club to organise a friendly match, claims Gimnasia La Plata President Gabriel Pellegrino.

Maradona was appointed Coach of the Argentine club last week and greeted by thousands of fans at his presentation.

“We’d been asking for some time if Diego could do well with us and we asked an intermediary if he was available,” Pellegrino told Radio CNN.

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Thursday September 5 2019
Maradona new Gimnasia La Plata Coach

Napoli legend Diego Armando Maradona is back in football as the new Coach of Gimnasia La Plata.

El Pibe de Oro turns 59 next month and has struggled with ill health, but has still been active in some surprising clubs.

He was Coach of Fujairah SC in the UAE, then Honorary President of Dynamo Brest in Belarus, taking over as Coach of Mexican side Dorados de Sinaloa.

This evening, he confirmed his return to Argentina, taking charge of Gimnasia La Plata, who are bottom of the Primera Division after four defeats from their opening five games.

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Wednesday August 21 2019
Lozano: 'Napoli not a stepping stone'

Hirving Lozano’s father insists “Napoli is not a stepping stone, but a point of arrival. Imagine: my son playing for Diego Armando Maradona’s club.”

The Mexico international had his medical today and will sign a five-year contract worth over €4m per season after a €38m plus bonuses move from PSV Eindhoven.

“I am in Seventh Heaven,” Jesus Lozano told Gonfialarete.com. “The best thing that can happen for a father is to see his son reach the top, achieving his dreams step by step.

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BLOG ITALIA
Tuesday February 5 2019
Arrivederci Hamsik

With Marek Hamsik moving to Dalian Yifang, Vilizar Yakimov pays tribute to the Napoli legend, as his departure marks the end of an era under Vesuvius.

Marek Hamsik: 12 years, 520 games and 121 goals. Nobody has played more games or scored more goals for Napoli than Marekiaro, who, despite winning only three trophies, has already earned his place in Calcio’s history books.

The Slovakian has been the main pillar of Napoli’s success in recent years and the €5.5m that the Partenopei paid Brescia in 2007 for his services proved to be a real bargain.

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Sunday January 13 2019
Maradona surgery successful

Napoli legend Diego Armando Maradona is resting after successful surgery to resolve complications from a herniated gastric band.

The Argentina hero had been rushed to hospital last week with internal bleeding, which it turned out was down to two previous gastric band operations.

He had the weight loss procedure in 2005 and again in 2015 when his size ballooned out of control.

A statement from the Clinica Olivos in Buenos Aires confirmed the surgery to fix the rupture was successful and lasted around an hour.

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Saturday January 5 2019
Maradona: 'No need to worry'

Diego Armando Maradona has reassured everyone he is “fine and sorry to have worried you” after his stay in hospital.

The Napoli and Argentina legend was taken to the Clinica Olivios in Buenos Aires on Friday evening after a routine check-up showed blood in his stomach.

However, he was sent home a few hours later and spoke to supporters via social media.

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Sunday December 30 2018
Maradona: 'I too suffered racist abuse'

Diego Armando Maradona showed solidarity with Kalidou Koulibaly, claiming he too was “subjected to racist chants” while at Napoli.

Koulibaly was sent off during the 1-0 defeat to Inter on Boxing Day, although the referee was criticised for not suspending play for repeated racist abuse from the stands throughout the match.

Napoli fans wore Koulibaly masks during their 3-2 win over Bologna last night and club legend Maradona has also stepped forward with a message for the Senegal international.

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