Gonzalo Higuain explains his decision to join AC Milan and not Chelsea


first_imgGonzalo Higuain moved to AC Milan from Juventus with Italian defender Leonardo Bonucci going the other way. Higuain in the process turned down a transfer to Premier League side Chelsea and he recently revealed why.Higuain revealed that he would have chosen Chelsea over Milan but not everyone in the club was interested enough to rope him.The 30-year-old said that only Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri wanted him to play for the team.”In total sincerity, the esteem I have for Sarri is huge but he was the only who wanted me. Here at Milan everyone wanted me, and this is why I made my choice to come here,” goal.com quoted Higuain.Talking about his new team, Higuain said that Milan struck him the most as they have all the qualities that a football player would like to have in his team.”I have been playing in Europe for 12 years, Milan was the team that struck me the most, and it’s what the player wants to see: History, lots of green, pure football. It gives you goosebumps, it’s special stuff,” he said.Gonzalo Higuain has been given AC Milan’s number nine shirt, which has proved something of a jinx for its wearers over the past few seasons.Higuain though said it held no fear for him as he was officially presented by his new club on Friday.READ – Juventus, AC Milan to complete Leonardo Bonucci-Gonzalo Higuain swap”I have already worn a few shirts which carry a heavy burden, so the number nine shirt here isn’t a problem,” Higuain, signed on loan from Juventus, told reporters.advertisement”It makes me proud. This is a wonderful challenge for my career. All I have to do is to show that the club was right to invest in me.”Milan confirmed that Higuain will wear the number nine shirt although it appeared to be handing him a poisoned chalice.#GH9 | @G_Higuain: “Voglio riportare in alto il Milan”Ecco le prime parole del Pipita in rossonero pic.twitter.com/ESC6UPb3ewAC Milan (@acmilan) August 3, 2018Portugal forward Andre Silva, who wore it last season, scored only two goals in 24 Serie A appearances after a 40 million euro ($46 million) move from FC Porto.Three seasons ago, the shirt belonged to Luiz Adriano, who managed four goals in 26 outings, while two players wore it in 2014/15 without success – Fernando Torres scoring once in 10 games and Mattia Destro three times in 15.Alexandre Pato failed to score in four appearances in 2012/13 and nobody was allocated the shirt in 2013/14.The most impressive performer was Gianluca Lapadula who scored eight goals in 27 outings in 2016/17 — only to be loaned to Genoa at the end of the season.Argentina’s Higuain moved to Milan after two seasons at Juventus, where he won two Serie A and Coppa Italia titles and scored 55 goals in 105 appearances in all competitions.Seven-times European champions Milan, on the other hand, have suffered several lacklustre seasons and will play in the Europa League, rather than the Champions League, next season.The fans, the Duomo, #GH9 and #MC33: that Friday feeling!I nostri tifosi, Piazza del Duomo, @G_Higuain e Mattia Caldara: esisteva modo migliore per dare il benvenuto al weekend? #TGIF #weareacmilan pic.twitter.com/lfdeWrOufUAC Milan (@acmilan) August 3, 2018″It’s an really nice challenge and I want to repay the faith the club has shown. This team has a great history and I’m very proud to be here,” said Higuain.”I hope to do great things at Milan who deserve to return to the level they competed at in the past.”Higuain admitted that he had “a few disagreements” with Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri during his two years there.”That’s not why I am here,” he added.”The club decided that I shouldn’t continue there and that’s made me come to a club which has shown tremendous faith in me.” ($1 = 0.8636 euros)(With inputs from Reuters and ANI)last_img