Gonzalo Higuain’s move from Napoli to Juventus was never going to go smoothly, was it?
The Argentine striker signed for arch-rivals Juve in a £75million deal and it’s fair to say he’s now a hated man in Naples. Not only are Napoli supporters destroying any shirts or memorabilia associated with their former favourite, but the club’s president, Aurelio De Laurentiis, has launched a scathing attack on Higuain.
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But Higuain has responded and he hasn’t held back.
The third most expensive footballer in history went on a rant of his own and explained why he had to leave Napoli.
Higuain slams De Laurentiis
“I can only say that now I have no relationship with him because his way of thinking isn’t the same as mine,” he said, per the Mirror.
“If I made this decision it’s also because he pushed me into it.
"When my three years there came to an end I felt it was time for a change.
"I want to thank the fans and my team-mates, but not him.
“I no longer had any kind of relationship with De Laurentiis, I can’t be clearer than that.
"He didn’t treat me well and we didn’t have a relationship. I couldn’t stand to be around him for another minute.”
So, Higuain and De Laurentiis don’t particularly like each other then.
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Higuain asks for forgiveness
However, it seems as though Higuain’s hatred toward the club president doesn’t translate to manager Maurizio Sarri. The new Juventus number nine hopes that his former boss is able to forgive him for making a move to the Old Lady.
“I can only say nice things about him,” he said about Sarri.
"He’s been a great coach to me and helped me to improve. If he’s angry with me I ask him for forgiveness.”