Andrea Pirlo: Gonzalo Higuain to leave, new Juventus manager reveals


Andrea Pirlo’s coaching career has started right at the top

Juventus manager Andrea Pirlo has revealed striker Gonzalo Higuain will leave the club.

Former Juve midfielder Pirlo, 41, was holding his first news conference since hereplaced the sacked Maurizio Sarrion 8 August for his first senior job.

He said Paulo Dybala, 26, will remain at the club but fellow Argentine forward Higuain, 32, will go.

“He was a great champion, a great player but the cycle is over,” Pirlo said.

“We looked each other in the eyes, we talked and we made this decision. I admire him a lot, but we have decided that the paths will separate.”

Juve made Higuain the third most expensive transfer ever when they paid £75m to sign him from Napoli in 2016.

He scored 66 goals in 149 games – as well as having loan spells at AC Milan and Chelsea – but never quite lived up to expectations.

Dybala has been linked to other clubs but Pirlo plans on keeping the number 10, and star frontman Cristiano Ronaldo.

“Dybala has never been on the market. For me he is an important player. As soon as he returns, he will be part of the project,” Pirlo

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