Napoli forward Lorenzo Insigne has hit out at Gonzalo Higuain for the way he treated his former Napoli team-mates after joining Juventus.
Higuain played alongside Insigne during three years at Napoli before leaving for Juventus in 2016 after scoring a Serie A-record 36 goals in the 2015/16 season.
Higuain moved to AC Milan on loan during the first half of the season and is currently at Chelsea until the end of this season.
“I didn’t like his way of celebrating [after scoring against Napoli for Juventus],” Insigne said.
“Juventus move was a free choice, he was free to take it, of course.
“However, we crossed paths other times after that and never even once he came to greet us in the locker room, which would’ve been a natural gesture.
“This means, therefore, that he also had a problem with us (and not only the club), with his former teammates who helped him get to 36 goals in a single season.”
Since joining Chelsea on loan in January, the 31-year-old striker has struggled to settle in the Premier League.
Higuain has just three goals – against already relegated teams Fulham and Huddersfield – in eight appearances and Blues boss Maurizio Sarri has urged him to up his game.
“He has to improve physically, mentally, but I think also he will be able to be very useful for us in the last part of the season,” Sarri said.
“It’s not easy in the first months to play in the Premier League. suitable for the Premier League. I think he is able to do it.
“It was a problem also for Suarez in the first season at Liverpool. He scored only a few goals. In the second season he scored more.
“So it’s not easy, especially for a striker, to play immediately well in the Premier League.
“I think he needs time to improve his physical condition and time to be suitable for the Premier League. I think he is able to do it.”