Higuain de­ter­mined to leave, says AC Mi­lan coach Gat­tuso

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MI­LAN: Gonza lo Higuain has made up his mind to leave AC Mi lan, coach Gen­naro Gat tuso said on Satur­day amid spec­u­la­tion link­ing the striker to Premier League side Chelsea.

Higuain joined Mi­lan on a sea­son-long loan from Ju­ven­tus in July with an op­tion to make the deal per­ma­nent, but he has strug­gled to set­tle at the San Siro, scor­ing eight goals in all com­pe­ti­tions.

The 31-year- old again drew a blank in AC Mi­lan’s 2- 0 Ital­ian Cup win over Sam­p­do­ria on Satur­day as sub­sti­tute Patrick Cutrone net­ted a dou­ble in ex­tra time.

“When a player makes up his mind it be­comes hard to con­vince them oth­er­wise,” said Gat­tuso of Higuain.

“I have a re­la­tion­ship with him that fea­tures great hon­esty, we say things to one an­other’s face.

“At the mo­ment, he’s our player and we’re hold­ing on tightly to him. I don’t know what wi l l hap­pen.”

The Ar­gentina in­ter­na­tional re­port­edly wants to join his for­mer Napoli coach Mau­r­izio Sarri at Chelsea.

Mi­lan paid 18 mil­lion eu­ros ( US$ 20.75 mil­lion) to sign him on loan, with a clause to make the deal per­ma­nent for a fur­ther 36 mil­lion eu­ros.

Higuain had his most suc­cess­ful sea­son un­der Sarri, break­ing the Serie A goalscor­ing record with 36 goals in the 2015/ 16 cam­paign.

“I’ve talked to him a great deal, but it’s hard to give ad­vice, be­cause the ca­reer of a player only lasts 13-14 years,” con­tin­ued Gat­tuso.

“It’s his mind, not mine. The most im­por­tant thing is to talk as men, look each other in the eyes and speak the truth.

“I st i l l don’ t un­der­stand what Hi guai n’s u n happy about, be­cause I see a happy lad, in­volved in the locker room.

“We’ll see what hap­pens. If it was up to me, I’d keep him at my house and feed him my din­ner.” — AFP

Gen­naro Gat­tuso

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