Last Update 21:35
Monday, 16 September 2019

'Not mentally ready' Higuain dropped by AC Milan as Chelsea move looms

AFP , Sunday 20 Jan 2019
Higuain
Soccer Football - Italian Super Cup - Juventus v AC Milan - King Abdullah Sports City, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia - January 16, 2019 AC Milan's Gonzalo Higuain reacts after the match REUTERS
Share/Bookmark
Views: 1365
Share/Bookmark
Views: 1365

AC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso has dropped Gonzalo Higuain for Monday's Serie A game against Genoa saying the Argentine forward was "not mentally ready to do battle" as a transfer to Chelsea looms.

Gattuso insisted that "nothing has been decided yet" concerning the transfer but all the talk has unsettled the 31-year-old Argentine and the team.

"I'll be honest with you, I saw one of the worst training sessions since I have been here," Gattuso told a pre-match press conference.

"All this talk is not good for him. I spoke to Higuain, it's right we do this.

"I want to see people who are mentally ready to do battle and Higuain at this moment is not ready.

"I am not disappointed in him, I too have been a player. I did everything I could and he behaved correctly throughout.

"I accept his choice, just as I did with Leonardo Bonucci (wanting to return to Juventus) over the summer.

"This team needs calm, focus and enthusiasm, elements we have been lacking recently."

Former Real Madrid and Napoli forward Higuain has had a difficult season in Milan since moving from Juventus to make way for Cristiano Ronaldo.

Milan paid 18 million euros ($20.75 million) to sign him on loan, with a clause to make the deal permanent for a further 36 million euros.

He is keen to link up again with former Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea. Higuain scored a Serie A record of 36 goals for Napoli in the 2015-2016 season.

AC Milan take on Genoa after losing the Italian Super Cup title to Juventus in Saudi Arabia midweek, with Higuain coming on as a substitute for the last 20 minutes.

Milan are sixth in Serie A, two points adrift of the Champions League places.

(For more sports news and updates, follow Ahram Online Sports on Twitter at @AO_Sports and on Facebook at AhramOnlineSports.)

Short link:

 

Email
 
Name
 
Comment's
Title
 
Comment
Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 1000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.
Latest

© 2010 Ahram Online.