Monday January 14 2019
Capello: Higuain wants to leave Milan

Fabio Capello believes Gonzalo Higuain wants to leave Milan and reunite with ‘a Coach who knows his qualities and can enhance them’ at Chelsea.

Higuain reportedly handed in a transfer request late on Sunday and played his best football under Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri at Napoli, where he achieved his career-best return of 38 goals in the 2015-16 season.

“I got the best out of him at Real Madrid,” Capello, who coached the striker at Real Madrid, told Radio Anch’io Sport.

“I think he was burdened by that penalty miss against Juventus. I’ve seen him play too far away from goal.

“I hope that for Milan’s sake, he can overcome his mental block and score lots of goals between now and the end of the season. Higuain’s quality isn’t up for discussion.

“What would I tell him? I remember when I joined Juventus and Trezeguet wanted to leave. I told him to stay because he was important to me.

“My feeling, though, is that Higuain wants to go and play under a Coach who knows his qualities and can enhance them.

“Cutrone learned from Higuain. All young players improve by playing with older ones. The same has certainly happened at Juventus with Ronaldo. They’ve improved alongside the best player in the world.

“Could could replace Higuain? Milan’s problem is not having anyone in the nox. If Higuain plays like Higuain, there aren’t many players better than him.

“We must ask Higuain what he wants to do: whether he intends to stay or not.”

The 72-year-old then had his say on Wednesday’s Supercoppa between Milan and another of his former clubs, Juventus.

“Is it right to play it abroad? I did with ‘Ginko’ Monti. I remember him with pleasure and pain. He was a genius with incredible ability,” he added.

“Jeddah? Playing it abroad is fun. In my opinion it’s a good thing to promote Italian football around the world.”

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