Mertens in 2011
|Full name||Dries Mertens|
|Date of birth||6 May 1987|
|Place of birth||Leuven, Belgium|
|Height||1.69 m (5 ft 6 1⁄2 in)|
|2005–2006||→ Eendracht Aalst (loan)||14||(4)|
|2006–2007||→ AGOVV (loan)||35||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 December 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
As a schoolboy Mertens was picked up by the Belgian youth academy of Anderlecht. He never reached the first team and moved to Gent. After playing in the youth department and the reserves of Gent, he was promoted to the first team. He was subsequently signed on loan with third-class Eendracht Aalst, where he was awarded the fans' "Man of the Season". He later moved across the Northern border, to play for the Dutch club AGOVV Apeldoorn.
He became one of the most important players in the Dutch second division team and became the captain at AGOVV. After the 2008–09 season, Mertens won "De Gouden Stier", an award given to the Jupiler League's greatest talent. On 25 May 2009, he announced his leaving and soon after, he signed with FC Utrecht.
On 28 June 2011, it was announced that Mertens was transferred to Eredivisie club PSV Eindhoven in a duo-transfer with FC Utrecht teammate Kevin Strootman for a combined total of 13 million euros. Dries Mertens scored his first hat-trick for PSV on 28 August 2011 against Excelsior. He started the season in the best form of his career. From the opening games of the season he couldn't stop scoring as PSV racked up the goals, his performances culminating in a sensational 7–1 rout of Roda JC in the Eredivisie, in which Mertens scored four goals, including a penalty.
In his first season at PSV, Mertens scored 21 goals in 33 matches. In four KNVB Beker matches he scored three goals, one of which came in the final at de Kuip, in a 3-0 win over Heracles Almelo in a one-sided game.
On 16 June 2013, Mertens's agent Søren Lerby confirmed that the player has agreed to move to S.S.C. Napoli. Mertens became Rafael Benítez's first signing as Napoli coach after a reported fee of €9.5 million was agreed with PSV.
On 1 October 2010, Mertens was called up for the Euro 2012 Qualifying Matches against Kazakhstan and Austria by Belgian national team coach, Georges Leekens. He finally made his debut in the friendly match against Finland on 9 February 2011 in Gent. On 15 August 2012, Mertens was vital in the 125th Derby der Lage Landen (Low Countries derby), when, after coming in as substitute, he scored once himself and assisted twice, turning a 1-2 deficit versus Netherlands into a 4-2 win for Belgium, in the prelude to the World Cup 2014 qualification campaign.
|1.||15 August 2012||King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels, Belgium||Netherlands||2–2||4–2||Friendly|
|2.||6 February 2013||Jan Breydel Stadium, Bruges, Belgium||Slovakia||2–1||2–1||Friendly|
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