Maurizio Sarri Insists He Wants Misfiring Veteran Striker at Chelsea Next Season

"Yes [I want him to stay], but it depends on the club, it depends on Juventus".

Higuain still has time to become a fan favourite, if he can fire Chelsea to a top four finish and also Europa League glory.

Sarri said the final weeks of the season would be tough, with away league games looming against Liverpool and United on top of their European commitments, and wants to keep his players as fresh as possible for the run-in.

Higuain has scored three times since he joined Chelsea in January - twice against Huddersfield, before notching away at Fulham.

Barcelona ace Suarez has 129 goals in just 159 La Liga appearances and previously graced the Premier League with Liverpool.


Sarri feels that the Argentinian attacker has to improve both physically and mentally, but drew comparisons to La Liga goal machine Luis Suarez. "I think he is able to do it".

"We are Chelsea and it is a big derby, I don't like that to be fair but we have to accept it and also for the Premier League it is good. It's not clear the situation", said Sarri. Chelsea have the option to buy the Argentine for 36m euros (£31.3m) or to extend his loan deal until June 2020 for 18m euros (£15.6m).

The Stamford Bridge club, who host London rivals West Ham on Monday, are fifth in the table, level on 63 points with fourth-placed Arsenal, who have a game in hand.

Asked if Chelsea must win all their remaining matches to make the top four, Sarri replied: "No, because I think the last part of the season will be really very hard for every team".

Hudson-Odoi, making his full debut in the Premier League, set up Olivier Giroud's opening goal, while Loftus-Cheek scored and assisted a goal in the comprehensive win.


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