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Gonzalo Higuaín Reveals The Real Reason He Left Juventus For AC Milan

Gonzalo Higuaín Reveals The Real Reason He Left Juventus For AC Milan

Gonzalo Higuaín's high-profile transfer to Juventus in 2016 was a big statement of intent from the Italian club.

The Old Lady smashed their club-record transfer fee at the time when they paid €90m for the 30-year-old Argentine striker from rivals Napoli.

The former Real Madrid star made over 70 appearances for Juventus and scored 40 times, becoming an integral part of the club's forward options.

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When Cristiano Ronaldo made his sensational transfer from Madrid to Juventus in the summer, it looked like the reigning Serie A champions could reunite the pair to lead their attacking frontline.

However, Juventus threw a surprising twist in the tale when they loaned Higuaín out to AC Milan.

The former Napoli striker has now revealed why he was shown the door -- depending on if the loan deal becomes permanent -- after the club's triumph in the 2018 Coppa Italia final.

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"Inside of me that day I had the feeling that yes, maybe I knew something had broken," he told La Gazzetta dello Sport (thanks to a translation from Reddit).

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"And then they took Ronaldo. The decision to leave is not mine. I gave everything for Juventus, I won several titles, after which Cristiano arrived, the club wanted to make a qualitative leap and they told me that I could not stay and that they were trying to find a solution. The best solution was Milan."

Higuaín was also asked about whether he wanted to take some kind of revenge against Juventus, but not all love has been lost in his relationship with the club.

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"No, no-one," he said. "Mine is a feeling of affection because they treated me very well. Companions and supporters have given me a huge affection.

"But I did not ask to leave. Basically, everyone says it, they kicked me out. At Milan, I immediately had a great love and so they convinced me."

Massimiliano Allegri's side have won all eight of their opening Serie A matches this season and have a six-point lead over second-placed Napoli.

Were Juventus right to eject Higuaín?

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Let us know in the comments.

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Topics: Gonzalo Higuain, Football News, Football, Juventus

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