What a day for Dries Mertens! The Belgian striker made the decision come true, and today he extended his contract with Napoli. After that, this evening, with Napoli, he defeated Juventus in the final match and won Coppa Italia.
Recently, foreign publications have been talking a lot about the future of the 33-year-old Belgian striker from Napoli. He has been linked with various clubs. As it turns out, Atletico Madrid, Inter and several Chinese clubs have expressed their desire to recruit the player.
Romelu Lukaku did not shy away from making a public statement, and he called on Mertens as well as Meunier and Vertonghen to choose “Nerazzurri” at the end of the season. As you know, all three players are already close to the expiration date of their contracts with the current club. But Mertens has decided to stay.
Dries Mertens has extended his contract with Napoli for two years, and he will play for the club until 2022. As you know, the team coached by Gennaro Gattuso beat Inter in the semi-finals of the Italian Cup and reached the final.
Through a goal against Nerazzurri, Mertens became Napoli’s all-time top scorer, the greatest achievement. Legendary Diego Maradona himself congratulated the Belgian on this record.
Mertens’ contract extension was commented on by the club’s president, Aurelio de Laurentiis, who was keen to keep the player.
‘I am glad to continue working with you again. I wish you success, and I am sure that many more victories await you.’
Winning Coppa Italia on the same day
After that, there was the final match of the Italian Cup against Turin Juventus at the “Stadio Olimpico” this evening. And with Napoli, Mertens won the Coppa Italia.
Napoli defeated Juventus in the 11-meter series, in which “Napoli” won 4: 2 and became the winner of the tournament. Noteworthy, that Gennaro Gattuso won the first title as a coach.
“Napoli” won the Italian Cup for the sixth time, while “Juventus” lost for the second time in a row in the final together with Ronaldo.