Maurizio Sarri told Juventus star wants to get deal wrapped up and be at Chelsea next season
Football Expert Julien Laurens has claimed that Gonzalo Higuain wants to stay at Chelsea during the summer transfer window.
Higuain was once regarded as one of the finest goal-scorers in world football and become a legend at Napoli during his brief spell under the guidance of Sarri at the Italian giants, but those days have gone and he is no longer the player he once was.
He has failed to produce the goods on a regular basis and only has fours goals in his 12 appearances for the club, despite the fact that he the Sarri’s main man up top.
Many surrounding Chelsea believe that he should be sold back to Juventus at the end of the season and the Blues should try and acquire a striker that can help fill the void that Eden Hazard will leave when he departs the club for Real Madrid.
He received heavy criticism on social media for his performance in the 1-1 draw with Manchester United on Sunday, and Laurens claims Higuain loves living in London and would like to stay put.
“It’s quite a fascinating story really,” Laurens told ESPN FC.
“He’s very happy in London, he wants to stay at the club. But what he brings to this team is almost nothing really.
“Maybe you thought the goal he scored against Burnley last Monday would be the turning point, that something would happen and then he would maybe go into better form, and scoring goals again. He doesn’t get many chances but when he has one, like late in the game [against United], he makes a mess of it.
“He’s almost unrecognisable I think from the lethal striker that we got to know at Napoli for example under [Maurizio] Sarri. And the whole point was Sarri wanted him so badly because he thought that he could get the same Higuain that he got at Napoli.
“With the same style of play, with Jorginho there, same system, etc, etc. But instead you’ve got someone who’s scored one goal against Burnley, two against Huddersfield, one against Fulham.
“That’s pretty much it and that’s just not good enough.”
Sarri does not like to be told that he is wrong about certain things and keeping hold of the man he convinced the board so hard to buy in January, is just another one of his stubborn habits.
Higuain could come good next season and break the 10-goal barrier, but he will not longer be able to score the club 20-30 goals a season, and that is not what Chelsea need