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Dries Mertens will remain with Napoli

There is a princiepsovereenkomst reached, but the signatures are only at the beginning of next week.

Dries Mertens © Belga Image

Thursday negotiated Stijn Francis and Laurens Melotte, the representatives of Dries Mertens in Rome with Napolivoorzitter Aurelio De Laurentiis over a new contract for the Red Devil up to 2021. The current contract of Mertens runs until 2018, but because the negotiations in december that were started remained long, breaking up more and more uncertainty about Mertens’ situation for next season. Now there is a princiepsovereenkomst reached, all of the signatures and the announcement until the beginning of next week expected.

The agreement includes, in addition to a two-year extension to a pay increase up to 4 million per year. That is about double of what Mertens with his current contract earns. In the agreement is also a opstapclausule of 30 million euro that is only valid for the foreign country, making a move to another Italian club, Internazionale was a couple of times quoted) is ruled out. That opstapclausule is also true but from next season, which is also a departure during the next mercato is not an issue.

Dries Mertens scored this season already 31 times for Napoli, including 25 times in the league. He stated, after topschutter Edin champions ‘ manager insists of AS Roma, along with Andrea Belotti of Torino provisionally on a shared second place. Coach Maurizio Sarri , when an extended stay at Napoli for himself to remain in the current core, and there makes The Laurentiis now accelerated work. A few weeks ago also extended Lorenzo Badge all of his contract. To november duelleerden Badge and Mertens for a spot on the left. After the failure of the Polish striker Arkadiusz Owned (ex-Ajax) and shoved Sarri Mertens to the top which Badge was sure of his place on the left. Since then, acting both at a high level.

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