Reported Newcastle United target Gonzalo Higuain has spoken out about his future, in conversation with TyC Sports.
With the Magpies takeover now seemingly heading towards completion after a few weeks of impasse, things are looking exciting on Tyneside with regards to potential new arrivals.
Just a few days ago, TuttoJuve claimed that the Juventus striker could be on his way to St James Park.
The outlet said the Serie A champions would happily allow Higuain to move to Tyneside on a season-long loan, a year after his similar spell at Chelsea.
However, the Argentina international has now suggested that his immediate future remains at Juve, before thinking about a potential swansong at first club River Plate.
“River are a club that gave me everything, from letting me develop to Real Madrid buying me,” he told TyC Sports. “But right now I don’t know what’s going to happen. My head is here [in Turin].
“[Marcelo] Gallardo’s team are very exciting, they have quality, strength, everything. The truth that you watch them and their number nine gets many chances.
“Clearly someone who played for River before will watch that team, see themselves there and say, ‘how nice’. Gallardo has caught everyone’s eyes and he’s earned it. I’d think about going back to River to retire.”
Higuain is a high-profile name with a glittering CV and an impressive trophy cabinet, and although he’s 32 and hasn’t had the best season – eight goals in 34 games – he’d still be able to do a job for Newcastle as they seek to make a name for themselves post-takeover.
Though Higuain’s head is currently with Juve, it remains to be seen what the club plans to do with him – his contract expires next season, so would they send him out on loan for a whole season only to then see him leave for nothing?
That said, if – hypothetically – Higuain becomes surplus to Juve’s requirements but struggle to find a buyer, his £130,000-a-week wages could easily be covered by Newcastle’s prospective new owners either on loan or even buying outright.