Gattuso rules out Higuain exit

22 December 2018 12:34:35 UK

AC Milan head coach Gennaro Gattuso has dismissed suggestions of a possible January swap deal involving Gonzalo Higuain and Alvaro Morata.

Higuain is currently on a season-long loan with the Rossoneri having felt that his first-team opportunities at Juventus would be severely limited by the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Higuain is going through a difficult moment, like the whole team, but I treasure him a lot.

Gennaro Gattuso

However, he has struggled to match his goalscoring efforts of previous seasons, having scored just five times in Serie A so far this season and having not found the net in any of his last seven games in all competitions.

Gattuso, though, says he is fully focused on trying to get Higuain back among the goals and not on potentially swapping the Argentinian for Chelsea frontman Morata.

He told reporters: "I do not know (about any potential swap). We're keeping hold of Higuain and, in recent years, Chelsea have not bought players aged 30 or 31.

"Higuain is going through a difficult moment, like the whole team, but I treasure him a lot. I have no doubts about him.

"Right now we are struggling with our midfielders, who cover the pitch but are unable to supply quality balls forward. Our problem is not Higuain.

"It is normal that, on a mental level, Higuain is not in a positive moment and is missing scoring goals.

"We have only discussed football, no contract talk and our focus is to help him return to scoring form."

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