Dries Mertens will put pen to paper on a contract extension with Napoli and has several reasons for doing so according to a report in today’s print edition of Gazzetta dello Sport.

In the past week or so, Mertens appeared pretty much certain to leave Napoli for Inter at the end of next month once his contract expires but the Belgian national team attacker instead looks set to prolong his stay in Naples, where he has played his football since 2013.

The Skype call yesterday with club management was decisive in Mertens decision as was manager Gennaro Gattuso, the affection shown to him by the fans and the offer, which consists of a two year extension worth €5 million a year plus a €2 million signing on bonus.

This season the recently turned 33-year-old has made 29 appearances across all competitions to date, in which he has scored 12 goals and provided a total of six assists.