Will Higuain stay in Madrid?
Real want Higuain to stay
Argentine forward linked with move away from Bernabeu
Real Madrid director general Jorge Valdano says the club will be holding on to striker Gonzalo Higuain.
The 22-year-old Argentina international has been linked with a number of clubs following his good form at the Bernabeu this season, with Manchester City reportedly interested in the player.
Higuain scored a hat-trick for Real against Valladolid in La Liga at the weekend, and Valdano says a new contract is being negotiated.
“The negotiations for the new deal are advanced but without pressure,” he told Spanish newspaper AS.
“Real want to be with this man and we want him to finish his career at this club.”
Rumours have circulated regarding a transfer after Madrid once more crashed out of the UEFA Champions League at the first knockout stage.
A club statement said: “It is normal that rumours have appeared after the knock-out in the Champions League but we have not received a formal offer for Higuain.”
Real are currently top of the Primera Division following their 4-1 triumph on Sunday and their next game is against Sporting Gijon.
Gonzalo Higuain offered new deal as Real Madrid try to see off Manchester City mega bid
Real Madrid have issued a hands off warning to Manchester City in their pursuit of Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain.
The Spanish giants have opened contract talks with the hot shot amid reports in Marca – a newspaper with strong links to Real – that City are prepared to pay £45million for Higuain and Fernando Gago this summer.
Higuain believes his return of 21 goals in 27 games this season should earn him a pay hike on the deal he signed when joining from River Plate as a 19-year-old in January 2007.
The forward hit three in a 4-1 victory at Valladolid on Sunday and Valdano said afterwards: ‘He is a player of great class and we did him an injustice recently.
‘He was accused of selfish and unfair things for a striker with such a hunger for goals. You cannot condemn a player with a perfect record for three years.
‘We are talking with him about an extension and there is much scope. He is a player of great interest, not only to Madrid, and we would like to not only renew his contract, but for him to finish his career in Madrid.’
City tried to sign Argentina midfielder Gago in January, but ran out of time when a cheaper deal for Kenya international McDonald Mariga fell through on deadline day.