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Argentina international Gonzalo Higuain has dismissed rumours linking him with a move away from Real Madrid by saying that he wants to stay with the Spanish club for a long time. Argentina international Gonzalo Higuain has been a huge hit at the Santiago Bernabeu ever since arriving at the club a few seasons ago.
He has been extremely good in such a way that he managed to keep out French striker Karim Benzema out of the first team action until the arrival of manager José Mourinho. The Portuguese has preferred the Frenchman more often than not, alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, which has helped rumours of a possible exit for the Argentina international surface.
The 24-year-old, though, has confirmed that he wants to stay with Real Madrid and fight for a starting place. The club are expected to make the possibility of winning the record 10th Champions League more important than anything else. According to the Chelsea news website, Chelsea and Paris St Germain have been linked with a move for the Argentina international, but the 24-year-old has brought an end to their hopes by saying that he wants to stay with Real Madrid. It is thought that a bid of around £ 35 million would have been enough to secure his signature.
“I’m fine at Real Madrid. I am happy in Spain and I want to stay with Madrid to realise my dreams. I have matured a lot since leaving my country five years ago, now I feel like a complete player and an important element for Real Madrid. Each player aims to experience new countries and play in different leagues. But for now I’m fine in Madrid, I am happy and satisfied,” Higuain said to Fox Sports. Despite being the second choice to the striker’s position, Higuain finished the season strongly after scoring 22 goals in the league alone.
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Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain has said that Real Madrid coach José Mourinho is by far the best manager he has come across in his career. Gonzalo Higuain has come out with this statement, despite the fact that he is not a regular starter for Real Madrid.
José Mourinho has been using French striker Karim Benzema for most of the matches this season. Still, Gonzalo Higuain has said that he finds José Mourinho to be a great motivator and someone who brings out the best from the players at all times. Real Madrid have been overshadowed by the exploits of Barcelona in recent seasons, but they have been extremely brilliant.
Real Madrid currently have a five-point advantage over Barcelona in the league, and they are certainly the favourites to lift the first title since 2007. The Argentine Higuain has come out in praise of the Portuguese coach after the 2-1 win over Mallorca on Saturday. Their victory meant that they kept the five-point advantage at the top of the table. Now, they can relax and watch Barcelona play their game in hand, which would give them the opportunity to close down the gap further. Real Madrid were in danger of losing the match at half-time, but the brilliance of José Mourinho showed at this stage according to Higuain.
“What the coach tells us in the dressing room stays there. Mourinho is a natural motivator and it shows on the pitch. We gave our all after half-time due to things turning out badly for us in the first half. Thank God we managed to win. We knew the match would be complicated and that we would face a Mallorca side different to last year’s,” Higuain was quoted as saying on the official website of Real Madrid.
There has been a lot of debate over whether Gonzalo Higuain handled the ball or not in the match against Valencia, with the Spanish newspapers taking sides depending on whether they are based in Madrid or not! The match ended 3-2 in favour of Real Madrid and there has been a lot of talk that Real shouldn’t have got the victory. Gonzalo Higuain is thought to have handled the ball in the penalty area, but the referee decided not to give a penalty.
It has provoked angry responses across the Spanish media demanding that the Real Madrid coach should come out with an apology. However, predictably, Real Madrid manager José Mourinho has said that he believes that Gonzalo Higuain did not handle the ball and that it was therefore not a legitimate penalty.
Speaking to the press ahead of the match against Dinamo Zagreb, José Mourinho said, “I have nothing to say about it – for me its very clear. Some of the press might have doubts, but I don’t.” Speaking of his celebrations when the club scored their third, and Mourinho rode substitute Callejon like a horse, Mourinho was more apologetic. “You don’t normally celebrate like that in matches, but when you play against teams like Valencia…”
Real Madrid are up against a Dinamo Zagreb that will definitely want to play for some kind of pride in the Champions League group stage match on Wednesday. So far, Dinamo Zagreb are the only team left in the group to have not taken a single point in any of the matches, and they want to avoid the ultimate embarrassment.
Real Madrid, however, won’t care too much about the result of the match given that they have already qualified in style for the knockout stages of the Champions League. They have a massive seven point advantage over second placed opponents Ajax. Madrid will more than likely be fielding an under strength side given that they have also the League, which they lead Barcelona by three points, to concentrate upon.
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