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Sarri: “Higuain is a wonderful player”

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Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri remains a keen admirer of Gonzalo Higuain’s, amid reports that the duo could reunite in January

The Argentine striker had the most prolific season of his career under Sarri at Napoli with 36 goals in 35 Serie A games in the 2015/16 campaign.

Higuain had been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea in the summer following Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival at Juventus that had deemed him surplus to requirements at Turin.

Instead, Higuain joined AC Milan on loan after revealing that he felt like only Sarri had wanted him at Chelsea.

But reports in Italy this week have suggested that the reunion that Sarri craved for in the summer could now go ahead next month in a trade deal involving Alvaro Morata.

“As you know, I like him very much,” Sarri said of Higuain on ESPN.

“He is a wonderful player, a wonderful man. But I don’t want to talk about Higuain.

“I have two strikers, two and a half at the moment, and Gonzalo is playing for AC Milan. It’s better not to talk about him at the moment.”

Chelsea assistant coach Gianfranco Zola confirmed their interest in AFC Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson this week.

But Sarri suggests a move for Wilson is unlikely.

“I don’t know about Wilson,” he said.

“As you know, Eddie [Howe] is a friend and I want to see him very happy.”

Chelsea will take on Leicester City in the Premier League on Saturday.