Player turned down Chelsea because he would be a nobody in the Premier League

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According to Belgian football expert Kristof Terreur, Napoli forward Dries Mertens came close to joining Chelsea but will renew his contract with Napoli instead.

Terreur revealed Mertens turned down the chance to join Chelsea because he would be a nobody in the Premier League compared to being a star in Italy.

“In January when Chelsea knocked on the door, he was quite convinced,” Terreur told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“But once you are in the south of Italy, with good money and you are a god, why would you change that?

“He would come to the Premier League as a nobody and in Italy he is a star.”

Mertens, 33, became Napoli’s outright all-time top goalscorer on Saturday when his goal in the Coppa Italia semi-final win over Inter Milan moved him to 122 for the club, one clear of Marek Hamsik.

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