Chelsea boss Sarri admits he misses ‘automatic jackpot’ Higuain

Joe Williams

Maurizio Sarri says he misses Gonzalo Higuain and his “automatic jackpot” of goals, while he refused to deny that he wanted to sign the striker for Chelsea.

The Blues were heavily linked with the Argentinian over the summer but he eventually opted to join AC Milan on an initial season-long loan deal from Juventus.

After completing his move to Milan, Higuain admitted: “I have big respect for Sarri but he was the only one who wanted me at Chelsea.”

In his one season under Sarri, Higuain hit 36 goals in 35 Serie A matches before moving to Juve and the new Chelsea boss thinks he moved on too soon.

“Whatever response I give will be considered wrong and put words into my mouth,” Sarri told Corriere dello Sport after being asked whether he wanted Higuain at Chelsea.

“All I can say is that I feel Gonzalo left Napoli too soon. If he had stayed for another season, I think we could’ve been in a condition to win.

“Higuain was a part of the fantastic mechanism we created, we understood each other so well.

“It was perfect synchronicity and the regrets will probably stick with us.

“I miss Higuain a great deal. I miss him because he’ll keep scoring goals until the day he dies.

“He is a goal machine, a systematic and automatic jackpot.”