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Mertens fired up to eclipse Hamsik’s record

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Dries Mertens’ father has disclosed his son is keen on extending his stay at the club to surpass the existing club records.

Mertens equalled Diego Maradona’s goal tally of 81 for Napoli during their 2-0 win against Frosinone on Sunday

And Herman was ‘honoured’ to see his son make history for the Partenopei.

FROSINONE, ITALY – APRIL 28: Dries Mertens of SSC Napoli scores the opening goal during the Serie A match between Frosinone Calcio and SSC Napoli at Stadio Benito Stirpe on April 28, 2019, in Frosinone, Italy. (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)

“In Naples, the fans are unhappy about the season, but the big gap with Juventus was also a burden,” he told Radio CRC and cited on Football Italia.

“There’s certainly regret how we exited the Champions League and Europa League against Arsenal, but the first leg affected the return leg.

“I think Dries’ record is important and I’m honoured that he’s matched, Maradona. He’s back in Belgium, so I’ll see him tonight and we’ll talk then.”

The Belgian turns 32 next month and has just a year left on his contract, but he is just 41 goals away from breaking Hamsik’s scoring record at the San Paolo.

Hamsik spent 12 seasons with the Naples based club and remains the club’s all-time appearance holder.

“Ancelotti has a good relationship with Dries. I hope Dries can stay in Azzurro for at least another season.

“Right now, he has a big objective: to surpass Hamsik and leave a mark on the club’s history.”

Napoli is certain of another Champions League appearance with the Italian side set to finish runners-up in Serie A.