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NAPLES, ITALY - FEBRUARY 25: Dries Mertens of SSC Napoli celebrating their team's first goal during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg match between SSC Napoli and FC Barcelona at Stadio San Paolo on February 25, 2020 in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Pedro Salado/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)
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Mertens edges closer to contract renewal

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Dries Mertens is edging every closer to a contract extension with Napoli following reports that he has met with club President Aurelio De Laurentiis. The 34-year-old has a contract with the Azzurri until June this year and talks over a new deal were thought to have broken down.

Il Corriere dello Sport report that De Laurentiis visited with Mertens at his home, a few days after Napoli’s 3-2 defeat to Empoli.

Its reported that he remained there for an hour and discussed a new contract for the Belgium international who will take a large wage cut in order to remain in Naples.

Mertens reportedly earns €4.5m per season with Napoli retaining an option to extend for one year, which they di not intend to activate. Instead, they will pen a new deal on a reported €1.2m per season contract which will include a further one year extension for the 2023-34 season.

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