Dries Mertens will be awarded the honorary citizenship of Naples. After nine years wearing the blue shirt, the Belgian greeted the club and fans with a moving message on Instagram with his son Ciro in his arms. “I’ve had a lot stresses both by the City Council and by many citizens – explained the mayor of Naples, Gaetano Manfredi – all impressed by the link of Mertens with the city, also testified by his desire to keep a house in Naples. We will start the process for the conferral of honorary citizenship because it seems to me not only appropriate but also a recognition to one of our fellow citizens who has given so much from a sporting point of view and also a lot to the city and me I wish which will continue to do so “.
In his Neapolitan stay Mertens scored 113 goals, becoming the best scorer of the history of Napoli, even surpassing Diego Armando Maradona. In the eyes of all the Azzurri fans and not only there have remained some exceptional performances such as the four goals, three of which in 22 minutes, against Turin in the 2016/2017 season. Last but not least act of love against the capital of Campania, the Belgian decided not to move to a rival team in Serie A. In recent days, in fact, Mertens had been compared to Juve, but he said no. The former Napoli will almost certainly sign a contract with the Galatasaray. The Turks offered him an engagement from 3.5 million euros per season.