‘Nobody called me’ – Belgian forward says Manchester United didn’t make approach

Napoli forward Dries Mertens says no club came in for him during the January transfer window. After the Belgian international’s fine form in Serie A in the last 18 months, there were rumours he could move on from the Stadio San Paolo.

Manchester United have been linked with the 30-year-old on a number of occasions this season without ever making an official approach, and Mertens himself revealed to Al Mattino that he the club received no offers for his signature.

He said: “This year nobody called me. The temptations have been there and it is normal, human, to think about it. But I wanted to continue to stay here. And I still want to stay here, because I’m playing and enjoy myself on the pitch. I’m very happy.”

Mertens has been outstanding for Napoli this season, scoring and creating 19 goals in 22 Serie A appearances, while contributing five in five Champions League starts. Last season, the Belgian shone at centre-forward, bagging 28 goals and nine assists in 35 league games.

His efforts in 2016/17 only saw Napoli finishing third in Serie A, behind runners-up AS Roma and winners Juventus. However, Gli Azzurri are currently top of the table, one point clear of the defending champions after 22 games, having only lost once this season.

 It’s not hard to see why Mertens wouldn’t want to leave Napoli, and clubs would have to pay a tidy sum to convince the Italian outfit to accept a bid.

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