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Mertens pens new Napoli deal

Published on: 19 May 2017
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Napoli forward Dries Mertens has extended his contract at the club, amidst interest from Premier League duo Chelsea and Manchester United.

The Belgium international had only a year left to run on his previous deal, and his superb form for the Partenopei this season has seen him become a transfer target for a host of clubs.

However, after lengthy negotiations, Mertens has agreed a new deal to remain at the Stadio San Paolo until 2020, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

The 30-year-old is set to receive a significant salary increase, and will now earn €4 million per season in addition to various bonuses.

Meanwhile, at the behest of Mertens himself, the contract also includes a buy-out clause set at €28m, which will become active from the end of next season.

Mertens has enjoyed a stellar campaign this term, and is currently second in the Capocannoniere race with 25 goals from 33 Serie A appearances.

The former PSV forward has scored 11 goals in 57 caps for Belgium, and represented the Red Devils at both the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016.

Source: forzaitalianfootball.com

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