Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain has hinted he will stay in Spain this summer, seemingly ending Chelsea and Manchester City’s interest in the Argentinian striker.
Higuain has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League in recent months, with both Manchester City and Chelsea leading the chase for his signature.
The 24-year-old was on the scoresheet in Madrid’s 3-0 win against Athletic Bilbao last night as Jose Mourinho’s men secured their first league title in four years.
In the aftermath of the victory at the San Mames Stadium last night Higuian insisted he only wanted to talk about his team’s achievements, but said he plans to see out the remainder of his two-year contract.
"I will not talk about my future, only about winning the League," he told reporters. "I know what I am doing.
"What I have to do is celebrate with my team-mates and celebrate with our fans. I am very happy and very content. I have two-year contract and I am calm."
Manchester City were said to be leading the pack in the race for his signature, with reports suggesting he may be used as a makeweight should Madrid up their interest in landing Sergio Aguero.
Madrid were reportedly ready to offer the Citizens £8.5 million plus Higuain for Aguero, although City manager Roberto Mancini does not want to let the Atletico Madrid striker leave the Etihad Stadium this summer.
Chelsea have also been heavily linked with the forward, who has found games hard to come by at times this season thanks to a combination of injury and the form of Karim Benzema.
With Didier Drogba’s future in doubt, Chelsea will be hoping to land a striker this summer, with the Daily Mail reporting Higuain was ‘at the top’ of the west London-club’s shopping list earlier this week.
The Blues were reportedly ready to spend £35 million in order to take the French-born forward to Stamford Bridge, although their hopes of doing just that now hang in the balance.