Honorary citizenship proposal to Mertens: but who is responsible for his farewell to Napoli?

Friday, 05/08/2022
Roberto Marcamo
Dries Mertens with his son Ciro in his arms visiting Napoli

The video posted on social media by Dries Mertens he certainly showed attachment to Naples and to the city of Naples of the Belgian attacker. So much so that the mayor Gaetano Manfredi has decided to grant the player the honorary citizenship of the capital of Campania.

The Mayor Gaetano Manfredi grants honorary citizenship of Naples to Dries Mertens

Whose responsibility for the farewell to Napoli football?

The non-renewal of the contract, however, led everyone to wonder the reasons for the black smoke between the parties involved, especially given the declared willingness of the player to remain in the Campania capital and the continuous "rebounds of responsibility".

In the end, then, how did things really go?

The farewell of Mertens and the version of the Belgian

A love message and a goodbye, more than a goodbye, the one posted on Instagram by Dries Mertens, with his arm his son, little Ciro.

But what is the Belgian version?
Simple: his departure did not go as he wanted.

"My departure did not go as I would have liked: I thank the club, teammates, coaches and fans, but for me it is not a goodbye, just a goodbye". 

Dries Mertens on Instagram
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De Laurentiis 'visit to Mertens' home is the latest offer to convince him to stay

The company pulls itself out of any responsibility for Dries Mertens' farewell. President Aurelio De Laurentiis, had gone to visit him at his home to convince him to stay, according to what the Italian patron himself claimed. Then, the confession to a fan.

"Mertens? I first offered him 1,8 million, then 2, then 2,4 but he refused."

Aurelio De Laurentiis, president of Napoli, to a fan

Spalletti on the failure to renew Mertens with Napoli football

Put like this, it was neither the player's nor the president's will.

And the coach?
After the latest rumors they wanted to be their number one manager Luciano Spalletti, the coach from Certaldo took care to dispel any controversy.

"Let's clarify: it wasn't me, it wasn't the club that didn't want him with us. Mertens could have given us a great hand. But the club made him an offer and he didn't accept. I keep myself out of these dynamics, and it's right so. 

Luciano Spalletti, Napoli coach, at Corriere della Sera

A rebound of responsibility that does not solve the problem, certainly there is that the city of Naples has lost a player very close to it.

Photo source: Mertens official Instagram
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