Chelsea have confirmed the signing of Gonzalo Higuain from Juventus for the remainder of the season, as the 31-year-old moved to Stamford Bridge from his loan club AC Milan, with the deal confirmed on Wednesday.
Higuain scored 36 goals in 2015/16 season under Sarri, breaking a long-held Serie A scoring record. However, he struggled to perform for AC Milan before his move to Chelsea.
His deal with Chelsea is a six-month loan contract, and Maurizio Sarri has insisted that he won’t make it permanent except Higuain delivers at Stamford Bridge with goals.
“For sure, he is one of the best strikers in my career,” Sarri explained ahead of Chelsea’s clash with Tottenham.
“It’s up to him, I think. He has to score, first of all. I think that for a long-term contract, he has to do very well.
“He has to play. He has to score. He has to be useful for the team.”
In his first interview with the official Chelsea website, Higuain insisted that he doesn’t talk too much and would rather do his talking on the pitch.
He said: “I’m someone who is always trying to improve, day after day. I think the most important thing is to be humble, even when we make mistakes, and so when that happens I will always try to rectify that improve.
“For the rest, I’ll leave other people to give their opinions on me. I’m not someone who likes to talk too much about myself but I’m someone who tries to improve, and get the best out of myself and my team, at every opportunity.”
The 31-year-old also revealed that he came to Chelsea to win trophies, and the Argentine will be hoping that the team beat Tottenham today so he can be involved in the final against Manchester City and hopefully land his hand on one trophy.
He said: “Always in football you have those targets to win great trophies so I hope that’s going to be the case here. I feel very excited, with great hope and desire to achieve success with Chelsea.”
Higuain has also admitted that he knows a number of the players at the club and it’ll help him settle in easily.
Speaking of the players he knows, he said: “Willy Caballero, Rudiger, Marcos Alonso, David Luiz, Marcos Alonso, Willian and I’ve played against Kovacic, so luckily I already know a few of them which is something that is going to help me settle in here.”
Higuain formed a good partnership with Jorginho during their time at Napoli, and he’s looking forward to working with him again.
He said: “It was my best year as a player and he’s a wonderful midfielder who contributed to that. He’s also a very good friend of mine so it’s a real pleasure to once more be joining up with him, and I hope we can achieve great things together again.”