Mertens Napoli extension imminent and Sarri can stay for life, says De Laurentiis

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The Belgium international is expected to have a new deal signed next week despite suggestions he could leave at the end of a superb season

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis expects Dries Mertens' future to be resolved in a week and says coach Maurizio Sarri can stay at the club for life.

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Mertens has been on fire for Napoli this season, scoring 30 goals in 43 games in all competitions for a side pushing for a second-place finish in Serie A.

The Belgium international is contracted until 2022 but the Stadio San Paolo outfit are looking to tie him to a longer deal, while Manchester United are reportedly interested.

De Laurentiis said earlier this month that Mertens' future is in doubt because of a "family situation", but is now sure he will stay.

"I believe we are there and therefore the signature should arrive soon, we can say that in a week we will confirm everything we said," he told Corriere dello Sport.

The film producer was asked if there are any other lingering renewals, replying: "Marek Hamsik, Jose Callejon, Raul Albiol, Kalidou Koulibaly, Lorenzo Insigne. They take time, in some cases, unlike film where everything happens faster."

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Napoli have impressed under Sarri since he replaced Rafael Benitez at the helm in 2015 and now sit a point behind second-place Roma in the league.

And De Laurentiis believes there is more to come from the 58-year-old boss.

"My intuition about Sarri was right. He coach Napoli for much longer because he has a long-term contract with a clause that doesn't come into effect next year. This is his home, I think he can keep living in Naples for life and can take on a Sir Alex Ferguson role.

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