Chelsea target Dries Mertens has ended speculation about his future by signing a new two-year deal at Napoli.
The Belgium forward, Napoli’s all-time top goalscorer with 122 since joining the club in 2013, was recently linked with a move to Chelsea.
Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis said on Twitter: “Pleased to be together for a long time to come – long live Dries!”
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The experienced forward has been in top form for Napoli once again this season, scoring 12 goals in 29 appearances, sparking a battle for his signature as a result.
The latest news, however, ends any hopes Chelsea or Liverpool reportedly had of landing the 32-year-old.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard was reportedly so keen to land Mertens that he was phoning the Belgium international ‘almost every day’.
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