Higuain Chelsea done deal

Zola: Conditions are good for Higuian to thrive at Chelsea

Gianfranco Zola reckons that Chelsea’s current style of play will provide a perfect environment for Gonzalo Higuain to ‘thrive’.

Argentina international Higuain completed a loan move to Chelsea until the end of the season on Wednesday evening, a move which will see him be reunited with Maurizio Sarri.

The pair worked together for just one season during their respective time at Napoli, with Higuain netting an incredible 36 goals in 35 Serie A appearances, his best ever return, before earning himself a £75m move to Juventus.

The striker had a solid two seasons in Turin, winning two successive Scudetto’s, but saw himself farmed out to AC Milan to make way for the big money arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid last summer.

The 31-year-old didn’t fully settle at the San Siro, scoring just eight goals in 22 appearances for the Rossoneri, and has now chosen to work under Sarri again at Chelsea, leaving Gianfranco Zola to suggest that the ‘conditions are good’ for his time in the Premier League to be a success.

“It is an opportunity, and there are players that need to be rested, but we haven’t discussed yet,” Zola told the press ahead of the Blues FA clash with Sheffield Wednesday.

“Everybody knows his best quality is his goalscoring record. He can score in many ways and I’m sure there are a lot of expectations on him. I’m also sure he is used to it and he has played for big clubs.

“He has always produced good numbers wherever he has been. This is not a team that is desperate but it needs to add certain qualities to what it already has. He is coming late but he is playing in a system that he is used to and the type of players we have will help him to achieve his best. The conditions are good.”

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