Maurizio Sarri has insisted he wants Gonzalo Higuain to stay at Chelsea despite the striker’s struggle to make an impact in the Premier League.
Head coach Sarri pushed hard for the club to bring in Higuain, who previously played under him at Napoli.
The Argentine striker, 31, was duly signed on loan from Juventus in January with a view to a permanent move this summer.
And Sarri still believes that move should go ahead despite Higuain scoring just three times since arriving at Stamford Bridge.
Sarri said: “Yes of course. But it depends on the club and it depends on Juventus. The situation is not clear at the moment.”
However, Sarri again acknowledged that Higuain “needs to improve” and is not finding the transition to English football easy.
Speaking at a media conference on Friday, Sarri also pointed to the example of former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, who took time to settle at Anfield before becoming one of the Premier League’s top players.
Sarri added: “He (Higuain) needs time to improve his physical condition and needs time to be suitable for the Premier League.
“But I believe he will be able to do it. In the meantime we are lucky because we have Giroud.”