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Gonzalo Higuain: 'Madrid forced me to leave'

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Gonzalo Higuain has revealed the lack of faith shown in him at Real Mardrid forced him to leave the club, according to Goal.

The Argentinian striker spent seven seasons in Spain, returning a respectable 107 La Liga goals. But the 25-year-old did not feel supported by the club where he and Karim Benzema fought it out to be the number one striker.

"I constantly felt like I had to prove myself again after already showing what I was capable of a number of times before. Everything goes much better when you have the complete faith of your team-mates, coach and directors," Higuain said. 

"It was not an easy decision to leave Madrid. I enjoyed many years at the highest level at Madrid, but I needed a new challenge and a change of scenery."

Higuain rejected the chance to join Arsenal in the summer and instead made the move to Napoli where he is enjoying life under the management of Rafael Benitez.

"I am feeling very well at Napoli now. It's a major challenge to try and help Napoli back the heights of the past."

Another of Madrid's former players, Mesut Özil has also recently come out and revealed that the lack of trust in him was his reason for leaving the club.

Napoli are currently second in Serie A, three points behind leaders Roma with Higuain contributing five league goals so far. They take on Marseille in the Champions League on Wednesday night.  

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