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Gonzalo Higuaín has admitted his delight after officially signing for Chelsea this week.
Higuaín became Maurizio Sarri’s top transfer target after reports emerged which suggested that he was desperate to being a new striker to the bridge to help star man Eden Hazard out with the goals.
And after a few weeks of talks, the Argentine finally joined the club on-loan until the end of the season, with reports we can make the move permanent if we pay £31 million in the summer.
And the superstar has admitted his delight at the switch, telling the Chelsea website: ‘When the opportunity to join Chelsea presented itself I had to take it. It’s a team I’ve always liked that has a lot of history, a wonderful stadium and they play in the Premier League, a league I’ve always wanted to play in.
‘I now hope I can give back that trust Chelsea have shown me out on the pitch. I can’t wait to start and I hope to adapt as soon as possible.’
Director Marina Granovskaia added: ‘Gonzalo was our number one target in this transfer window and arrives with a proven record at the highest level. He has previously worked with Maurizio to great effect and is familiar with how the coach likes to play.
‘This was not an easy deal for us to do because of the numerous parties involved, but we are delighted we were able to make it happen and we look forward to seeing the impact Gonzalo will make for us in the second half of the season.’
Former Chelsea star Michael Ballack has told Eden Hazard he needs to make a decision on his future sooner rather than later.
Hazard has flirted with the idea of moving to La Liga giants Real since the summer, describing it as “dream” move as he seeks to win the Champions League and Ballon D’or.
But considering he is one of the best players on the planet, we have not given up hope of trying to convince him to ignore a move to Madrid and sign a new contract which will end his top-level playing days at Stamford Bridge.
However, after reigniting talk of a possible move to La Liga at the end of the season, Ballack insists the Blues ace needs to be more vocal if he is to get his wish of a move to the Bernabau.
“Eden Hazard has to decide if he wants to stay or not,” Ballack told ESPN.
“He’s not only an outstanding player at Chelsea but also in the Premier League.
“Now he has to decide if he wants to play at an ultimate top club.
“That’s what he’s already communicated from time to time.
“In my opinion he is a little bit too calm, especially at Chelsea.”
Danny Higginbotham says he arrival of Gonzalo Higuain will help bring the best out of Eden Hazard at Chelsea
Higuain ended months of speculation and signed for us on a deal until the end of the season, with some reports suggesting that we have the option of buying the Argentine for £31 million in the summer.
The move to London will also mean that star man Hazard gets put back in his preferred position on the left, after Sarri decided to play the Belgian up top in search of regular goals, which never got the best out of the Real Madrid target.
And Higginbotham believes the deal for Higuaín benefit the club, as it will ease the pressure on Hazard and let the Belgian get back to his very best.
He said on the Sky Sports News website: “He’s got a great opportunity. It could benefit the other players, in particular Hazard. He’s Chelsea’s best player, I don’t think there’s any doubt about that.
“The key is getting him in the team and Hazard being able to shift position. He’s worked under Sarri before and knows how he works.
“There’ll be hoping he comes and scores the goals, but it’s about how he benefits the rest of the team.
“I think what you’ll see with Higuain is that he is more of an out-and-out centre forward. You’ve got plenty of players with pace around him, so he can be the focal point that Chelsea don’t have when Hazard is playing as a false nine.”
Maurizio Sarri has revealed Alvaro Morata asked to leave Chelsea last month.
Morata was tipped to become a top striker for us when he moved from Real Madrid for £57 million and his start to life at Stamford Bridge seemed to start with a bang. But he has since failed to make the impression that many had hoped and Sarri decided to make the move for Gonzalo Higuaín.
And after acquiring the Argentine on a loan deal, Sarri has revealed that the £57 million signing asked to leave the club over a month ago, telling the Sky Sports website: ‘I think that Morata is a very good player. I think that Morata has the characteristics for playing in my team.
‘But Morata, one month ago, said he wanted to play in another team. So it was really very difficult for him to give us the 100 per cent for his mental situation.
‘But I think that Morata is potentially a very important player. From the physical and technical point of view, he is a very good player and suitable for my football.
‘The situation changed in the last month. So we needed to change. I don’t know [about the transfer market]. As you know very well, I don’t want to follow the market day by day. I don’t know the actual situation.
‘Morata told me 10 days ago that there was an opportunity in Spain, but I don’t know where.
‘We have some problems in scoring. Higuain usually is able to score 25 or 30 goals every season. But, as I told you before, in the market in January it’s very difficult to secure a very important striker.
‘Gonzalo was in a situation that we could try to buy him, and so we decided to try for Higuain.’
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