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Striker will succeed if he returns - Sarri

6th April 2019, 14:19 by Nick Harris

Maurizio Sarri believes Gonzalo Higuain will succeed at Chelsea if the Argentina striker secures a second season in the Premier League.

Chelsea boss Sarri insisted he wants to keep the on-loan Juventus striker at Stamford Bridge next term, despite the Blues remaining subject to a FIFA transfer ban.

The west Londoners has 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.

"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."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Nick Harris is a long-standing journalist who specialises in football and rugby league. An avid golfer, Nick also follows the major boxing fights closely.

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