The Blues January signing Gonzalo Higuain claims his mother’s life-threatening illness almost made him quit football.
Higuain moved to Stamford Bridge few days ago and will now have to join former boss at Napoli Maurizio Sarri for exploits.
He acknowledged that he almost retired from professional football in 2016, following his mother’s health condition who has now recovered.
“I decided immediately that I must stop playing football so that I could look after my mum,” Higuain explained to the Mirror.
“I suspected something was wrong at home during the Copa America, but it was still a huge shock when I was told the truth.
“I felt guilty, because I played in that final without knowing. My whole world came crashing down in that moment. I was not interested in anything else but my mum.
“I told her I was finished with football and if it had been down to me I would have stopped playing.
“Her reply was that when I played football it made her happy. She told me that she would not allow me to give up something I loved. She asked me to carry on for her — and I knew I had to grant that wish.
“My family and friends are everything to me. After that, comes football. People need to understand that. They see you kick a ball and they don’t think you have anything to think about outside the game.”