The 33-year-old Napoli forwards Dries Mertens had negotiations with Chelsea in January but former Belgium has now agreed to extend his stay at San Paolo Stadium until at least 2022.
Inter Milan was interested in Mertens and offered him a deal but with some club other than Napoli he chose to play in Italy.
His boss, Gennaro Gattuso, was essential to securing the deal, with the World Cup winner persisting in letting Mertens extend his contract.
He also has the choice of taking on a managerial or coaching role at the club once the contract expires.
Before the Series A season was postponed due to coronavirus, Mertens scored six goals in 22 appearances, and, with his contract expiring at the end of the season, Napoli was keen to commit him to a new deal.
Belgium ‘s international Dries Mertens looks set to increase with Napoli and sign a € 4 million annual agreement plus bonuses.
The fans in Naples begged the attacker to stay in San Paolo and they appear to have convinced the 33-year-old Inter goal to judge the news in Italian newspapers.
Various reports in Italy say Mertens has agreed to sign a new contract with Partenopei and SportMediaset says it’s a two-year deal worth € 4 million a year plus €500,000 in bonuses for the all-time highest goal scorer.
It is confirmed that the Azzurri are preparing the documents to tie the Belgian to the club until June 2022 and pay him a € 2.5 million fee.
President Aurelio De Laurentiis, who yesterday gave Mertens a week to sign a deal or move on to new pastures, demonstrated his tenacity in holding one of the key members of the club and avoiding seeing him next season when he moves to Milan.
Inter, who offered Mertens a transfer to San Siro, has now been linked to the move of Edinson Cavani to Paris Saint-Germain.
Uruguay’s deal expires in June and the former Napoli will step on in the next window on a free transfer.