Italian football journalist Fabrizio Biasin has explained why Dries Mertens has opted to extend his contract with Napoli instead of leaving for pastures new this Summer.

The Belgian national team player looked set to leave Napoli when his contract expired at the end of next month and reports suggested that Inter were on the verge of signing him but the former PSV Eindhoven attacker has made a u-turn.

“He made the choice with his heart which is increasingly rare in the world of football. He waited for a step forward from De Laurentiis and this step has come, adapting his contract,” Biasin explained during an interview with Italian radio station Radio Sportiva show ‘Microfono Aperto’ earlier on today.

Biasin then went on to speak about Inter’s reported interest in signing Atalanta full back Robin Gosens, who has also been linked with Inter’s arch rivals Juventus and French side Lyon.

“Inter already liked him a lot a year ago but the problem is that Atalanta kept him tight. He is a very appetising player to clubs, he doesn’t miss a game.”

Recent reports in the media have suggested that the Bergamo based club want between €25-30 million for the German, who has a contract with them until 2022. This season he has eight goals and five assists in 30 appearances.