We'll likely see a number of Napoli players extend their contract this summer, and the first of them just put his name on the dotted line. Jose Callejon has extended his stay with Napoli, signing a new contract that runs to 2020.
Napoli announced the news with a simple post on their website, showing Callejon signing the deal with club CEO Andrea Chiavelli. Aurelio De Laurentiis is normally there for such occasions, but at last check he was in Los Angeles on a trip related to his movie business.
Financial details are unavailable, but rumors earlier in the summer indicated that he was being offered a deal that represented a slight raise over what he currently makes with the club. Callejon surely would have rather gotten more money, but his performances last season didn't exactly justify it, playing at a level far off what we were used to from Ziggy despite being a virtually nailed-on starter for Maurizio Sarri.
Still, Callejon's skillset brings value to Napoli, with his defensive work rate on the right wing being an asset. If he and Sarri can figure out whatever's been keeping him from making penetrative runs to the near post, he can thrive again, and Napoli will be much better for it. Securing a veteran attacker who knows the team and system well in the long term is smart, and getting Callejon to stay past his previous 2018 expiration makes a lot of sense.
We'll probably see a wave of new extensions being signed over the next few weeks now that the squad is slowly starting to assemble for pre-season training at Dimaro. Given that they share an agent, expect Raul Albiol's extension to come soon, as he'd mentioned a month ago that both players had offers on the table and recent reports indicated that Albiol was close to signing. Once players who were at the Euros start filtering back later on, we'll probably see a few more extensions then as well.