Chelsea loanee Gonzalo Higuain has this afternoon confirmed that he hopes to remain a Blues’ player beyond the expiration of his loan deal this summer.
31-year-old Argentinian hitman Higuain completed his move to Stamford Bridge on the 23rd of January, following a protracted saga which eventually saw the veteran cut his loan stint with AC Milan short to pen a new temporary agreement in London.
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The Juventus-owned striker’s arrival came on the back of a disappointing opening-half to the campaign for Alvaro Morata, with Higuain having been brought in to add some much-needed firepower to Chelsea’s frontline.
However, to this point, the veteran’s stint in England has proven largely-underwhelming.
Though Higuain has showcased flashes of his superb movement and prowess in front of goal, all told, the former Real Madrid man has notched just 3 goals across 11 appearances in Chelsea’s colours.
As such, after being dropped in favour of Olivier Giroud for the Blues’ 3-0 victory over Brighton last Wednesday, a fixture during which the Frenchman opened the scoring, question marks have since begun to emerge regarding whether Chelsea will have any interest in making Higuain’s arrival permanent in the summer.
‘My intention is to stay’
As such, on the back of Maurizio Sarri revealing his opinion that his side’s hitman ‘has to improve’, Higuain himself was this afternoon questioned on his future at Stamford Bridge, during an extensive interview with Chelsea’s official website.
And, after outlining his objectives for the remainder of the campaign, the South American assured that his sole intention is to prolong his Blues’ stint beyond the summer:
‘I’m happy here.’
‘It’s always nice to try a new League and it’s my first taste of the Premier League.’
‘Obviously it’s a period where I’m adapting but I’m hoping that, although I’ve only got a short time, I can finish well.’
‘The best thing we can do is qualify for the Champions League and hopefully win the Europa League too.’
‘We’re coming towards the end so it’s about finishing as strongly as possible.’
‘The main objective is to finish in the top four so we can play in the Champions League. And also to encourage other players to come and play for the club.’
‘That’s what the squad are hoping for, so that we can add players next season. And to finish the season well and make people happy.’
‘From a personal point of view I want to do as well as I can so I can be here for next season.’
‘I came here and I wanted to stay. It’s a good city, you live well and you can be relaxed but also enjoy yourself. So my intention is to stay here.’