Yesterday marked the conclusion of the La Liga season and in the fallout following the end of the campaign, news has emerged that long-term Arsenal target and Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain has confirmed he will leave the Spanish club this summer.
The Argentinian international admitted that it was time to leave the club in reports that are likely to put Arsene Wenger on red alert as he looks to bring a new striker to the club this summer while Tottenham are also in the lookout for a world class forward.
“I feel that my time here has come to an end and I want a change of scenery. I have experienced seven intense, tough and happy years here,” the 25-year-old told FIFA.com
“It was a decision I have been thinking about for some time. It’s tough, it wasn’t easy to make, but I will go to another club to seek new challenges. My family have suffered a lot too. It’s a decision the club and me took together, and I hope it’s for the best.”
Despite maintaining a brilliant scoring record at Madrid since his move from River Plate in 2007, Higuain has often been the victim of criticism by Real fans during his seven-year stay and after he fell out of favour this term he has decided it is the right time to leave.
“I have stayed here for seven years and that is for a reason. I equalled the record of a legend like Juanito by becoming the 16th greatest goalscorer n the history of the club. No one has given me anything for free, I’ve had to work my guts out. I leave here happy with the goals I’ve scored and I managed to get the fans on my side and sing my name.”
Arsenal and Spurs are set to be heavily challenge for his signature by Spanish giants Juventus and the forward has even admitted interest from the Serie A side.
He added: “I haven’t decided where I am going. There have been offers from Juventus, but I honestly don’t know where I’ll go. I want to go to a club that really believes in me and where I will be happy.”