Gonzalo Higuain says he had ‘clear ideas’ about staying at Juventus and that his daughter was behind his decision to wear No 21.

Higuain was expected to be moved on by Juve over the summer after Chelsea passed up their option to buy, with Roma heavily linked.

However, the striker has since been reunited with Maurizio Sarri in Turin, replacing Mario Mandzukic in attack.

“As soon as I returned to Turin, I had clear ideas. I wanted to stay at Juventus,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

“Honestly, no-one told me anything when I returned. I came back to work here, to try to show my worth.

“They’re a great team, with a big fan base. They’re a great club, so I’m happy to be here.”

The 31-year-old was previously the Bianconeri’s No 9 but switched to 21 on his return.

“It was my choice. I decided to change and switch to 21, which is the day my daughter was born.

“It’s also a little way to take her with me in every game. It was a decision made from the heart and it’s bringing me luck. That’s the truth about why I chose 21.”

Higuain played alongside Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid between 2009 and 2013, and the pair are back together.

“I hadn’t played with Cristiano for many years and when I stopped playing with him, he was younger.

“Now I’ve found a more complete player, who has grown in terms of ambition, trying to win everything and set new records.

“Honestly, I’m very happy to have found him again.”


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