Mertens calls for Napoli spending

Napoli's Dries Mertens has told the club he wants to stay beyond the summer transfer window.

Dries Mertens has urged Napoli to bring in more players before the transfer window shuts to boost their chances of winning Serie A.

Napoli have finished second in the league three times in the past four seasons, but they have not won the Scudetto since the 1989-90 season when they pipped AC Milan to the title by two points.

Carlo Ancelotti has been working hard during the summer window and has managed to add 11 new faces to the squad, including defender Kostas Manolas from Roma and Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina.

However, Belgium international Mertens believes the club need to keep spending if they are going to take the next step this season.

In an interview with ESPN, he said: “Six years ago I came here with Callejon, Higuain and Albiol, lots of transfers and lots of quality footballers. The problem is that we are always close to taking another step and it would be important to do it now.

“We must continue to do well, perhaps by purchasing other players. When you buy the best players, you have a better team. But many of us have been playing together for years, but in the end it takes more to win something.”