Gattuso, Fabregas wanted, Leonardo-Higuain message, Kepa opens up, Hazard challenge in Chelsea Saturday news
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AC Milan’s sporting director Leonardo has admitted Chelsea have not made an offer to sign striker Gonzalo Higuain this January.
With Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud failing to do the job they are paid for and score goals on a regular basis, Maurizio Sarri is reportedly keen to be reunited with Higuain at Stamford Bridge.
The 31-year-old Argentine striker, who has scored just five Serie A goals this season, is unhappy with life at the Italians and recent reports suggested that he wants to link up with his former boss.
But Leonardo has admitted Higuain, who is currently on a season-long loan at the San Siro from Juventus, will not be leaving the club anytime soon.
“It is difficult to manage a striker when he doesn’t score,” Leonardo said on the Sky Sports website.
“Higuain must find the real himself, he is living in a different situation for him, he left Juventus and he is here on loan. He is very important for us and he knows it.
“We haven’t received any offer from Chelsea – no one has asked us for him and he didn’t ask to leave. Anyway, at AC Milan we keep only the players who want to stay here.”
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has told Cesc Fabregas that he wants him to stay at Stamford Bridge.
Fabregas is out of contract at the end of this season and there has been rumours that he will not be signing a new contract, with the Spaniard looking to sign a deal bigger than the one-year Chelsea are prepared to offer.
The Blues have a contract policy about players over the age of thirty and are not prepared to break that to give Fabregas a new deal.
That has led to speculation that the likes of Juventus and Barcelona are ready to offer him a way out of Stamford Bridge at the end of the season, knowing they can negotiate a deal during the January window.
But Sarri, who needs experience and depth in his squad, has told the Spaniard that he does not want him to leave.
“In this position we have only two players, Jorginho and Fabregas, so for me it would be really a problem without Cesc,” said Sarri on the Sky Sports website.
“I want him to stay, I don’t know the final decision of Cesc and the club of course.
“But for me it’s very important and if Cesc will go I think that we need to buy another player, and it’s not easy because, technically, Cesc is a very important player.
“And I think that in the market it’s very difficult to find a player with his characteristics.”
AC Milan head coach Gennaro Gattuso has told Chelsea he believes Gonzalo Higuain will stay.
Higuain is on a season long-loan at the San Siro after Juventus decided to let him leave when they acquired the services of Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid in a deal worth £100 million.
However, the Argentine striker has only five Serie A goals to his name this season and has not scored for the Italians since October, leading to speculation Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is keen to take him to London.
Sarri is a big fan of Higuain and is reportedly ready to be reunited with his former player, who netted on a regular basis during his time at Napoli.
But Gattuso has claimed that Higuain will not be leaving the club and has called on the striker to rediscover his prolific goalscoring form.
Gattuso said on the Sky Sports website: “I want to see the Higuain of the second half against Frosinone. That is the real Higuain, always dangerous, who easily dribbled past the opponents, who had a couple of chances to score.
“Every day I hear people saying that Sarri or someone else called Higuain. I think he will stay, if he won’t it will mean I was wrong.
“My opinion, my feelings are based on what he said to me. My impression is he will stay here.”
The worlds most expensive stopper Kepa Arrizabalaga says he is not focused on the fee that Chelsea paid for him in the summer.
After months of transfer speculation and rumours, Chelsea finally lost Thibaut Courtois to Spanish giants Real Madrid in a cut-priced £35 million deal after the stopper forced his way out of the club.
That prompted Chelsea to complete a staggering £71 million deal for the talented Spaniard Kepa, who is regarded as one of the most talented young players in Europe after developing nicely at Athletic Bilbao.
And so far, he has barely put a foot wrong in the first few months of his Chelsea career, with many praising how he has adjusted to life in the Premier League
“Obviously the price was very high – £71m is a lot of money,” he told Sky Sports News.
“I’m aware of this but given the transfer market situation and how things are going, it is normal so I don’t need to focus on the value of the transfer.
“I do need to focus on playing my football and what’s happening on the pitch rather than off it… I want to be myself and not think about it.
“I’m here now playing for Chelsea. I chose to leave my home at Athletic Bilbao and it was an important step in my career.”
Chelsea star Willian has challenged team-mate Ede Hazard to carry on scoring the goals for the Blues.
Chelsea got back to winning ways against Watford after Hazard netted his 100th and 101st goal in a Chelsea shirt to give the Blues a 2-1 victory and put them right back in the chase to finish in the top four come the end of the season.
His two goals were his tenth in the Premier League this season, and with trhe Belgian also creating another nine for his team-mates, it has turned out to be a very productive campaign for the Real Madrid transfer target.
And now team-mate Willian has told the former Lille forward to keep the goals coming.
“I’m happy for him,” he told the club’s website.
“I’m happy because he helped us to win and happy he has scored 101 goals for Chelsea, so I hope there’s more to come from him.
“Now we have to think about Crystal Palace.”