Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso has admitted he'd like to keep hold of striker Gonzalo Higuain despite reports linking the Argentine forward with a move to Chelsea.
Higuain, 31, moved to San Siro on loan alongside Mattia Caldara over the summer, in a deal which saw Leonardo Bonucci return to Juventus. The striker has struggled for the Rossoneri this season though, scoring eight goals in 20 games across all competitions.
Despite Milan having an option to buy Higuain at the end of the season, Chelsea are reported to be interested in the forward, and could make a move to sign the striker during the January transfer window, although Gattuso is hoping to see his number nine remain stay instead.
Speaking ahead of Milan's Coppa Italia game against Sampdoria, as quoted by Goal, Gattuso said: "
Gennaro Gattuso on Gonzalo Higuain:— Goal (@goal) January 11, 2019
"I hope that he stays here as long as possible; if it's not like this, we'll see. It will not be a problem for me." pic.twitter.com/R4SlYXYxPX