Touching farewells. In the company of his son Ciro, born at the foot of Vesuvius, Dries Mertens formalized his departure from Napoli. “Dear Neapolitans, my fellow citizens. I knew this day would come eventually but I didn’t know how difficult it would be to say goodbye to this city that adopted me, loved me, supported me in difficult times as in wonderful ones.“, he named.
The Belgian international, at the end of the contract, did not find an agreement to continue with Naples, of which he became the top scorer in history with 148 achievements in all competitions. He is ahead in the hierarchy of Lorenzo Insigne (122 goals), who also left this summer, Marek Hamsik (121) and the icon of the city: Diego Maradona (114). The one who won two Italian Cups with Napoli (2014 and 2020) would have refused an offer from Juventus and should bounce away from Serie A, perhaps on the side of Galatasaray in Turkey, according to Italian media.
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