Newly-appointed Juventus boss Andrea Pirlo has confirmed Gonzalo Higuain will leave the club in the summer, insisting Paulo Dybala remains vital to his project
Higuain’s future in Turin has been thrown into doubt following the dismissal of Maurizio Sarri, with Pirlo leaving his name out of his plans for next term.
Often criticized for the lack of form and fitness, the 32-year-old striker netted just 11 goals in 44 appearances last season.
With Pirlo planning to overhaul the squad inherited from Sarri, Higuain and several other first-team players are expected to leave the club in the coming weeks.
The Italian manager has now confirmed that the Argentinean agreed to part ways with the ‘Bianconeri’ in the summer.
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“We’ve decided together with Gonzalo Higuain that he’ll leave the club this summer,” Pirlo said, as relayed by the Metro.
“He’s out of the project, and we’re ready to let him go.”
On the other hand, Paulo Dybala is going nowhere despite recent reports suggesting otherwise.
Dybala, who was close to leaving Juventus last summer, underwent a renaissance under Sarri, finishing 2019/20 with 17 goals under his belt.
Pirlo is adamant the 24-year-old forward has a future at the Allianz Stadium and will be vital to his project for the next season.
“Dybala is an important player, and he will be part of the project,” he added.