Martinez: ‘Mertens right to stay at Napoli’

Belgium CT Roberto Martinez claims Dries Mertens made ‘the right decision’ when he agreed to stay at Napol: “He wants to write history.”

Napoli host Inter on Saturday and Martinez thinks the whole of Belgium are excited to watch two of their biggest stars fight for a place in the Final of the Coppa Italia.

Inter forward Romelu Lukaku has scored twice in three Cup games for the Nerazzurri this term, but it’s Mertens’ Napoli who enter the match with an advantage after winning the first leg 1-0 at San Siro.

Belgium CT Roberto Martinez claims Dries Mertens made ‘the right decision’ when he agreed to stay at Napol: “He wants to write history.”

Napoli host Inter on Saturday and Martinez thinks the whole of Belgium are excited to watch two of their biggest stars fight for a place in the Final of the Coppa Italia.

Inter forward Romelu Lukaku has scored twice in three Cup games for the Nerazzurri this term, but it’s Mertens’ Napoli who enter the match with an advantage after winning the first leg 1-0 at San Siro.

“The game will be followed by all of Belgium, it’s a fantastic opportunity to see strong teams on the pitch again,” Martinez told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

Antonio Conte brought Lukaku to Inter ahead of the season and the former Manchester United forward has scored 23 times across all competitions for the Nerazzurri.

“I have known him since he was 19, for months he had the desire to play in Serie A and with a coach like Conte,” Martinez added. “He knew how to bring out the best in him. He can end the season in an incredible way.”

Mertens was linked with a move to Inter, as his deal at the San Paolo was set to expire, but in recent weeks he has agreed with the Partenopei.

“Staying in Naples was the right decision. He could have chosen to go anywhere in recent years, but his choice is an incredible story that is good for Italian football.

“Napoli always have great ambitions for him. Staying and writing history with the club is the most important thing for him.”

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