GONZALO HIGUAIN has been left out of AC Milan’s squad for their game against Genoa this afternoon amid continued speculation about an imminent switch to Chelsea.
The Blues have been linked with a move for the Argentina international, who excelled under Maurizio Sarri at Napoli and is currently on loan at Milan from Juventus.
Speaking ahead of the Genoa clash, Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso appeared to concede Higuain had his heart set on a move to London, and admitted uncertainty over the deal has disrupted preparations.
He said: ‘I want to be honest with you all. We had a poor training session today due to all these rumours. We spoke after and I did not consider him ready for this game.
‘I accept his decision. Surely he could have done more and maybe we could have helped him fit in better. Right now we have to work with professionalism and determination. All these rumours have not helped us and we have to look ahead.’
Milan’s official Twitter account later quoted Gattuso saying: ‘Nothing has been settled yet. (Higuain) wasn’t ready to play. If he leaves we’ll be losing an important player.
‘I’m not disappointed, I’ve done everything. We’ve both worked well together even if we could have done a bit more. He’s made a choice and we must accept that but the respect will remain.’
Sarri lambasted his Chelsea players in his post-match press conference following the 2-0 defeat at Arsenal. Choosing to speak in his native Italian to make his feelings clear, Sarri accused his squad of being ‘extremely difficult’ to motivate, saying: ‘I’m extremely angry. This defeat was due to our mentality, more than anything else. This is something I can’t accept.
‘As a group, they’re not particularly aggressive. They don’t have that ferocity in their mentality.
They said it…
‘IT was a good opportunity. We wasted it and now we have to work even harder to stay in a Champions League position (fourth place) and win games. It has to motivate us’ — Chelsea left-back Marcos Alonso (above), who blamed ‘silly mistakes’ for the defeat to Arsenal which left infuriated boss Maurizio Sarri questioning the motivation of his players