Gonzalo Higuain confirmed that he’s only interested in staying at Juventus after scoring in Saturday’s thrilling 4-3 win over Napoli.
It’s been somewhat a stressful summer for Higuain following two disappointing loan spells at AC Milan and Chelsea. After Massimiliano Allegri deemed him surplus to requirements last season, he seemed set to leave Juventus for good this summer.
Reports had linked the former Real Madrid striker with moves to AS Roma and Inter Milan.
But Maurizio Sarri’s arrival in Turin this summer has brought a sudden change in fortunes for Higuain. Literally out of nowhere, the Argentine is back to being a key member of the Bianconeri.
And now the 31-year-old has announced that he wants nothing more than to remain and prove himself at Juventus.
“I’m motivated to stay here,” Higuain told Sky Sport Italia.
“I love this shirt, this club, these fans. From the first second, I arrived, I was determined to stay.”
Higuain, who has started in both of Juventus’ Serie A games, scored his first goal this season by turning past Kalidou Koulibaly before smashing the ball into the net to double the club’s lead.
Cristiano Ronaldo then finished off Douglas Costa’s cross to put the Old Lady 3-0 up before Napoli launched an incredible second-half comeback.
Kostas Manolas scored first with a header in the 66th-minute before Hirving Lozano put away another Mario Rui cross just two minutes later. Full-back Giovanni Di Lorenzo then completed the comeback by beating Matthijs de Ligt to score from a free-kick.
In the dying moments, however, Koulibaly accidentally put Paulo Dybala’s free-kick into his own net to seal Juventus a 4-3 win.
“It was a rollercoaster,” added Higuain on the victory against his old club.
“They scored two quick goals, which can’t happen. We lost control of the match and they equalised but, in the end, it’s ended up like this.
“It’s a really important win. We have things to improve, but we left everything out on the pitch and the reward came in the end.”