Higuain reveals why he opted for AC Milan over Chelsea

Tanya Simon
August 6, 2018

As part of the Gonzalo Higuain and Leonardo Bonucci trade, Caldara has moved to AC Milan and he does so with some regret.

Former Juventus forward Gonzalo Higuain has explained why he chose to join Milan instead of Chelsea this summer, despite his high regard for Blues manager Maurizio Sarri.

The striker says that at Stamford Bridge only Sarri was driving the deal, while at AC Milan, everyone at the club was desperate to see him sign.

"Leo is a strong player and everyone would want to play with him, but he made his decision and we have players as strong", he said.

"The esteem in which I hold Sarri isn't new", Higuain told reporters at a Milan press conference.

"When I speak with players I find that because of the history Milan has, it's hard for the players to say no I don't want to come here. I want to win something important with this shirt". The Rossoneri have the right to buy Higuain for EU36 million euros at the end of the campaign.

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"I've a lot of confidence in this team".

In an uneven season for Milan that saw the club miss out on Champions League qualification, Suso excelled with seven assists and six goals in Serie A. "He is one year younger than me but he has already more than 100 appearences in Serie A".

"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".

Higuain joined Milan on an initial loan deal worth €18 million, with a €36m option to make the transfer a permanent one next year.

"First of all it was Leonardo who convinced me with the very nice things he said about me", Higuain said.

"We had several offers, four or five. It gives you goosebumps, it's special stuff", he said.

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