Ancelotti: I wanted to keep Higuain at Real Madrid

By Goal/Evelyne Wareh

Carlo Ancelotti has admitted he wanted to keep Gonzalo Higuain at Real Madrid but was unable to persuade the striker to stay.

Higuain scored 107 goals in 190 league games for Madrid before leaving the club to join Napoli for €40 million in the summer of 2013 following the emergence of Karim Benzema.

He has since cemented his reputation as one of the world’s finest forwards and signed for Juventus for an Italian-record €90m fee in July after breaking the single-season Serie A record for goals scored, netting 36 in 35 games during the 2015-16 campaign.

“I was unable to convince Higuain to stay in Madrid,” Ancelotti told Tuttosport. “He wanted more regular games so he chose to move to Napoli.

“Gonzalo is the best centre forward around, together with [Barcelona’s Luis] Suarez and [Bayern Munich’s Robert] Lewandowski.”

Ancelotti is now coaching Lewandowski at Bayern Munich and has been impressed with the Poland striker’s professional attitude.

“[Lewandowski] is a serious player,” he added. “He’s not the kind to make jokes, even though he has a great relationship within the dressing room.

“He’s doing really well, he’s impressive. He’s one of Bayern’s key players and I cannot see him moving to Italy.”

  

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