Dries Mertens has no plans to return to a Belgian football club and claims that he is “extremely happy at Napoli”. The striker is now on international duty and ahead of Belgium’s World Cup qualifying matches, he spoke to the media according to Sky Sports Italia football news.
He was forced to miss the Nations League semi-final and third-place final due to shoulder surgery, and says it was “difficult not to be there. I was missing my teammates and the atmosphere terribly.”
“We must stop saying that the World Cup in Qatar is the last chance for Belgium to win something. It might be for me and I hope to be there, but there’s a lot of talent coming through in the next generation too.”
The 34-year-old striker will become a father after wife Kat announced she was expecting their first child. Could this drive him to return to a Belgian club after transferring to Napoli in 2013 in order to be closer to home? “You can never say never in football, but I am very happy at Napoli.”
Mertens has 136 competitive goals and 87 assists in 368 games, making him the club’s all-time leading scorer. His contract is set to expire in June 2022, but he has the option to extend it for another year.