Higuain focused on Argentina Real striker’s mind at ease after signing new contract extension
By Richard Bailey
Gonzalo Higuain admits he can go into the World Cup with a clear head now that his Real Madrid future has been resolved.
The Argentina forward is thought to have signed a new contract extension that would keep him at the club until 2016.
Despite being Madrid’s top scorer for the past two seasons, rumours were rife that Real were set to cash in on the 22-year-old following a bust-up with team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo.
However that speculation has been laid to rest and Higuain admits he is now focusing solely on Argentina and the World Cup.
“I’m the happiest man in the world with my renewal,” he said.
“To continue at the best club in the world is what I wanted, I couldn’t be happier. Obviously I’m calmer now. Now I’m focused 100 per cent on Argentina and thank God I don’t have to worry about anything else.
“I’m at a World Cup, I play in the best team in the world…everything is perfect. Now I need to help my national team.”
Competition for places
Argentina have arguably the most talented pool of strikers to choose from at the World Cup with Lionel Messi, Carlos Tevez, Sergio Aguero, Diego Milito and Martin Palermo all contesting with Higuain for a place in the starting XI.
However the competition for places does not faze the former River Plate ace and he is just looking to enjoy the whole experience.
“The first thing is to help the team in any way I can,” he told Marca.
“Be it playing 90 minutes, 15 or nothing, I’ll be doing what I can to help the team win the World Cup. This tournament is a unique experience and I’m enjoying every moment as much as possible.
“I’m living a dream. To be in the World Cup with Argentina, with all these team-mates, with (Diego) Maradona as coach…I’m expecting something unique.”