Sunday November 10 2019
Paratici: 'Higuain close to new deal'

Juventus director Fabio Paratici confirmed Gonzalo Higuain is “very close” to signing a new contract, as he faces his old club Milan.

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“We’ve always created a lot of chances and had many shots on goal, but we’re still adapting and more goals will come with time,” the director told Sky Sport Italia.

Higuain has rediscovered his form at Juve after dismal loan spells at Milan and Chelsea, but rejected all offers to leave Turin again this summer.

“He is playing very well and in my view has always been one of the top three centre-forwards in the world. He’s doing what we expect of him, he’s a lovely guy as well as a great player and we are very happy with him.

“Over the summer, as I’ve said many times, we had opportunities on the market and Gonzalo had this absolute intention to stay here. We talked a lot, because in his previous season here, before the loan to Milan, he himself was not entirely convinced at the idea of remaining at Juve.

“That is why we agreed to the loan, but this time around he was convinced. We haven’t yet signed a contract extension, but we are very close.”

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