Chelsea news: Maurizio Sarri backs Gonzalo Higuaini to succeed if he stays and likens him to Luis Suarez


Chelsea news: Maurizio Sarri backs Gonzalo Higuaini to succeed if he stays and likens him to Luis Suarez

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has backed Gonzalo Higuain to succeed at Stamford Bridge if he extends his stay in the Premier League.

Sarri has insisted he wants to keep the Argentine, who is on loan from Juventus, next season even though Chelsea are subject to a FIFA transfer ban.

Higuain has scored just three goals since joining Chelsea in January

The Blues have launched an appeal against the two-window transfer embargo, but Sarri claimed he could cope even if he is unable to make any summer signings.

Higuain has scored just three goals in 11 games for Chelsea, with the club needing to pay 36million euros (£31m) to bring him in permanently from Juventus.

Asked if he wants to keep Higuain, Sarri said: “Yes of course, but it depends on the club, it depends on Juventus. It’s not clear the situation at the moment.

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“I think that he has to improve physically (and) mentally. But I think also that he will be able to be very useful for us in the last part of the season.

“You know very well that it’s not easy in the first months to play in the Premier League. It was a problem also for [Luis] Suarez. In the first season at Liverpool he only scored four goals but in the second season he scored 17 goals.

“So it’s not easy for a striker to play immediately well in the Premier League. I think he has time for improvement.”


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Sarri has likened Higuain’s Premier League struggles to that of Barcelona hotshot Luis Suarez when he first joined Liverpool

Chelsea were hit with the two-window transfer ban by FIFA last month, over breaching rules concerning overseas players under the age of 18.

The Blues’ appeal will be heard on April 11, but Sarri remains phlegmatic about the possible hindrance that embargo would cause.

Asked if it is tough to prepare for next season in the shadow of the transfer ban, Sarri said: “No, because I am really very confident in my players.