Florentino Perez has added yet another twist in the Gonzalo Higuain transfer saga. The Real Madrid president has insisted Higuain must make a public apology for his comments towards the end of last season if he wishes to remain at the club.
The striker announced he wanted to leave the club on the final day of La Liga stating he felt undervalued at the Bernabeu. Perez expects the attacker to take back his words and also apologise for his father’s comments. Jorge Higuain said that the club had never shown his son respect and that he needed to leave to feel loved.
It is true that the striker has never felt wanted by Madrid, always being overlooked for important games, making the majority of his appearances from the bench despite his impressive strike rate. The latest action by Perez is unlikely to change his opinion on the club and could encourage him to leave even further.
It is believed that club manager Carlo Ancelotti is not interested in a public apology but does want to keep the player, however Perez is insistent that a public apology must be made.
Perez also recently stated there had been no bids for the Argentine despite heavily speculation that a deal with Arsenal was almost complete. This could entice the Gunners to make a bid with Higuain’s relationship with Madrid at an all time low however their pursuit of Luis Suarez shows they are looking at other options should they fail with their attempts for Higuain.
The 25-year old has been given a warning by Argentina national coach Alejandro Sabella. He believes Higuain must move this transfer window to help his play enough minutes to be available for selection for next summers World Cup in Brazil. He is in competition with Sergio Aguero, Carlos Tevez and Lionel Messi and must be playing regular football to be in with a chance, something he is more likely to get at Arsenal than Madrid.