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Dries Mertens agrees new contract at Napoli to disappoint Chelsea and Inter

  • Belgian could have left on a free transfer in the summer
  • Serie A’s return has been delayed until 14 June

Dries Martens has agreed a new three-year extension with Napoli, ending Chelsea and Internazionale’s hopes of signing the 33-year-old on a free transfer this summer.

The Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard, is a huge admirer of the Belgian and was one of his main targets this summer. Inter, meanwhile, offered Mertens a three-year deal worth £170,000 a week but in the end the forward decided to stay at the club he joined in 2013.

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