Napoli are refusing to give up on Inter target Dries Mertens and are attempting to convince him to sign a new contract, according to a report from today’s paper edition of the Turin based newspaper Tuttosport.

The report details how the Partenopei attempted to offer the 33-year-old Belgian striker a new contract at the start of March, but the meeting between the player and president Aurelio De Laurentiis ended without a signature.

Leaving Naples won’t be easy for Mertens and his wife Katrin, who are both perfectly happy in the city and have been there since 2013.

The player’s teammates and his coach Gennaro Gattuso have been trying to convince him to stay with the club, the report continues. Yesterday, the club’s fans launched a petition on social media via a hashtag, #MeritiamoUnFinaleDiverso, We Deserve A Different Ending, showing their love for the 33-year-old.

Mertens is keen to play under coach Antonio Conte and has been talking to his close friend Romelu Lukaku, who has been tempting him to head to Milan.