Gonzalo Higuain reveals why he snubbed Blues for AC Milan

Chelsea transfer news Gonzalo Higuain hailed Maurizio Sarri

Chelsea transfer news Gonzalo Higuain hailed Maurizio Sarri

Given Higuain's excellent record under Sarri's management at Napoli, his respect for his former manager is hardly surprising. "The only person who wanted me at Chelsea was Sarri", he claimed, adding: "Here, everyone wanted me. that was my reason for choosing".

The Blues are only prepared to offer short-term contracts to players over 30, and as much as Sarri was keen for a reunion, Higuain felt Milan showed far more desire to sign him.

"I worked alongside Allegri for a couple of years", Higuain said.

"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.

Goal understands that Chelsea held talks with Juve over the possibility of signing Higuain, along with defender Daniele Rugani, with the Argentina worldwide surplus to requirements following the Italian club's signing of Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid.

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Higuain enjoyed a memorable season under the Italian, scoring 36 times in the 2015/16 Serie A campaign to earn a move to Juve.

Earlier this week, the Argentina worldwide moved to San Siro on loan from Juventus together with Mattia Caldara, while Leonardo Bonucci went the other way. So what motivation could there possibly be for Higuain to make such a shocking move and leave a club where he was winning constantly and so adored by supporters?

The defender sealed a sensational return to Turin just one season after leaving Turin for rivals AC Milan.

AC Milan's new sporting director Leonardo is delighted with the new acquisition and said: "All top teams aim for top players".

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