The Italian tactician will certainly have a ‘few little regrets’ after Alvaro Morata once again looked off the pace against Huddersfield Town.
Chelsea looked to strengthen in attack with the addition of the Gonzalo Higuain but were dealt a huge blow when the Argentine forward chose to join AC Milan on a season-long loan instead.
Higuain was a subject of a move to Stamford Bridge this summer but instead chose to remain in Italy ultimately leaving the Old Lady for the Rossoneri on a one-year loan deal with an option to buy.
Higuain’s snub leaves Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri with Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud as the senior candidates for the team’s No.9 spot and after Morata’s poor pre-season and unimpressive performance against Huddersfield Town, the Italian tactician will be wishing the club had signed Higuain.
Despite registering 55 goals over two seasons at Juventus, the Argentine was deemed surplus to requirements over the summer following Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival at Turin.
The 30-year old forward had clubs queuing for his signature with AC Milan and Chelsea touted as the most likely destinations.
The Argentine however decided against reuniting with his former manager and later confirmed during his official unveiling that he did not feel wanted enough at Chelsea thus the switch to the San Siro.
He said: “I have huge respect for Sarri, but he was the only one who wanted me at Chelsea. Here at Milan everyone wanted me.”
“The motivation and conviction they showed at Milan was fundamental.”
Blues manager Maurizio Sarri has expressed “a little regret” after seeing Gonzalo Higuain snub a move to London in favour a move to AC Milan.
Speaking to Sky Sport Italia, the Italian said: “Higuain? It’s a little regret but in the end everyone after the market has a few little regrets.”
Despite missing out on his attacking target, the former Napoli boss made his content with the rest of the club’s transfer business known.
Jorginho followed his master to make the switch to Chelsea from Napoli, Kepa Arrizabalaga joined from Bilbao to become the world’s most expensive goalkeeper and Mateo Kovacic signed on a one-year loan from Real Madrid.
The Italian went on to speak regarding the rest of the club’s new recruits:
“The club was willing and we took a great goalkeeper, very young but he can become a great goalkeeper.
“For the rest, Kovacic is a player who can be big, Jorginho has arrived, the backbone is already there.”
Kepa and Jorginho made their respective debuts for Chelsea in a Premier League opener with Huddersfield on Saturday, with the former keeping a clean sheet and the latter scoring a penalty on the stroke of half-time in a comfortable 3-0 win.