Higuain: Mind set only on Juventus

The Argentine was cast aside by both AC Milan and Chelsea last term.

Gonzalo Higuain has returned to Juventus this summer, determined to prove his worth to the club.

Higuain struggled to make an impact during loan spells at AC Milan and Chelsea during the 2018-19 campaign. Both clubs opted against triggering a purchase option in his loan and he therefore returned to Serie A, where he has reunited with new Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri.

On one of the club’s biggest salaries, he was expected to be shipped out again, but eventually no club got close to getting him. In addition, he was not expected to be given opportunities to start, with Juve boasting forward options including Cristiano Ronaldo, Paulo Dybala and Mario Mandzukic. But his reunion with coach Maurizio Sarri in Turin has so far been a happy one, replacing Mario Mandzukic, a favourite of previous coach Massimiliano Allegri’s, in the starting line-up.

“As soon as I returned to Turin, I had clear ideas. I wanted to stay at Juventus,” he said to Sky Sport Italia.

“Honestly, no-one told me anything when I returned. I came back to work here, to try to show my worth. I am at a big club with a great team and a big fanbase, in a city that I know.

“I don’t think about the past, I only have the present and the future in mind. It will be an important season, last year was difficult for me but I still went into double figures and won a Europa League title”, he added.

The 31-year-old striker cored a brilliant goal as Juventus beat his former club Napoli before the international break.

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