Napoli president De Laurentiis questions Mertens 'family situation'

⚽ Napoli president De Laurentiis questions Mertens "family situation" ⚽

Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis has taken aim at contract rebel Dries Mertens.

ADL has criticised Mertens and wife Kat, who it’s widely reported does not want to remain in Naples.

“You have to love the city of Naples, or you can leave. Naples is not like living in Turin or Manchester,” said De Laurentiis with clear reference to Gonzalo Higuain’s move to Juventus and the Manchester United interest in Mertens.

“The history of the city continues to develop, year after year, century after century, with millions of stories that can wrap you up in them if you let it happen.

“To people who say: ‘Oh I could never live in Naples’ – then go. Who wants you here? Who asked you?

“Mertens has a family situation that you all know, he has not clarified 100 per cent, and we are waiting to see what happens. Funnily enough, the calls he’s getting are due to all the goals he scored thanks to Maurizio Sarri. With a different Coach or teammates, he probably wouldn’t score so many.

“I don’t want anyone to leave and so will try to keep hold of them, but if they want to leave or some crazy person comes along offering to pay the release clause, then we’ll get over it, just as we did in the past.”