Mertens relishing Napoli move

Dries Merten said the opportunity to play in the Champions

League was a factor in his choice to sign for Napoli, saying it was

a decision from the heart.

The 26-year-old forward joined the Serie A club from PSV

Eindhoven for 9.5million euros (£8.2m) after two years

with the Eredivisie side.

Today the Belgian was presented to the press and revealed why he

had joined Rafael Benitez’s team.

He told reporters: “The Champions League is a reason why I came

to Naples. It will be exciting to play at that level.

“I know Serie A is a tough competition. I will do everything to

adapt to Italian football and the language.”

Mertens scored 45 goals in two years at PSV and said the

decision to join Napoli was “a choice from my heart”.

He added: “We have a strong selection of great footballers.

Everyone should act in the interest of the club.

“It’s important for me to come to play but the results of Napoli

override everything.

“I think Napoli is a very strong team and I hope I can repay the

confidence the club has in me.”