Napoli have announced that Dries Mertens has signed a new deal, committing his future to the Italian club.

The new deal will see Mertens under contract at Napoli through 2022, with an option to extend that deal for a third year.

Mertens had been linked with the likes of Chelsea and Inter as his prior deal moved towards an end this summer, but the Belgian star will instead remain with the club he has represented since 2013.

“Pleased to be together for a long time to come – long live Dries!” said Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis, who announced the deal on Twitter.

The announcement comes just days after De Laurentiis revealed that a new deal was close to being finalised between player and club, with the Napoli president labelling Mertens a "badass" and a "street urchin".

In addition, De Laurentiis admitted that it was unusual for the club to offer a new deal to a 33-year-old attacker while adding that he hoped to keep Mertens with the club even after his playing career ended.

Mertens recently overtook club legend Marek Hamsik to become Napoli’s all-time leading goalscorer with his finish against Inter in a 1-1 draw in the Coppa Italia semi-finals second leg.

The goal, which saw Napoli seal a place in the Coppa Italia final against Juventus, was Mertens' 122nd career goal for the club.