Published: Mon, August 06, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Why I rejected Chelsea to join AC Milan - Higuain

Why I rejected Chelsea to join AC Milan - Higuain

Although the Argentinian was evidently unimpressed by Chelsea's attitude towards him, he was full of praise for Sarri, saying: "In total sincerity, the esteem that I have for Sarri is great".

Italian media reported that Higuain's transfer had been structured to allow Milan to comply with UEFA's Financial Fair Play regulations, which they fell foul of last season.

Instead, Higuain left Juventus and joined Milan on an initial one-year loan deal worth £16million.

Maurizio Sarri was hoping to bring Higuain to Chelsea which could have sealed the departures of Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud.

Chelsea are known to have a strict policy when it comes to signing players over the age of 30, with concerns over the lack of resale value that the player would hold.

"The important thing for me is to make them feel at home and going forward it's going to be a pleasure".

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"All top teams aim for top players", he said. "I am delighted and excited to be back".

"I have already worn a few shirts which carry a heavy burden, so the number nine shirt here isn't a problem", Higuain, signed on loan from Juventus, told reporters.

Higuain also said Leonardo, only hired by Milan a week earlier, made a major impact on his decision to join Milan. Everyone wanted me here. "I had two handsome years there and I can only thank them".

"I worked alongside Allegri for a couple of years", Higuain said. I kept receiving texts from my friends but initially I didn't know much about it.

"I think we need something".

Caldara signed a five-year deal at Milan. I've been talking to Higuain a lot and I believe the fact that he is coming here is a reason to be proud.

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