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Napoli forward forward Dries Mertens has revealed he is open to joining Chelsea and working again with Maurizio Sarri, after enjoying his time under the Italian at Napoli.

Mertens, who is also a teammate of Eden Hazard in the Belgium national team, has scored 10 goals in 12 starts for Napoli in the Serie A this season.

“I love it here,” Mertens told The Times ahead of Napoli’s 1-0 Champions League at Liverpool on Tuesday night.

“But maybe in one year, I’m free, so maybe you never know, maybe Sarri is going to call me. We will see.”

“Sarri does not have an off button,” Mertens added. “I think he sleeps one hour a night and he is always thinking about football.

“Maybe because he had less time because he arrived late in the game and he is playing catch-up? I learnt a lot from him.

“The thing I loved most about him is that you feel you are playing with 12 not 11. He puts the line very high so the strikers feel the midfielders are close.

“I’m sure now Sarri is learning things about London. He knows so many facts, he’s crazy but interesting.”

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