Higuain hoping to earn Chelsea stay with final flourish to loan from Juventus

The Argentine striker has found the going tough in the Premier League at times, but he claims to be looking for a permanent switch to Stamford Bridge

Gonzalo Higuain is hoping to convince Chelsea that he is worthy of a permanent transfer, with the Argentine striker eager to see a purchase option in his loan from Juventus taken up.

The 31-year-old forward linked up with the Blues in January as a stint with AC Milan was cut short.

Maurizio Sarri turned to a man he knew well from their time together at Napoli to help try and solve an attacking conundrum at Stamford Bridge.

Higuain arrived with a prolific record to suggest that he was an ideal candidate for the job, but has managed just three goals in 11 appearances.

Questions have been asked of his suitability to life in the Premier League, with Sarri among those to have expected more, but the South American is eager to seal a full-time deal this summer.

Higuain told Chelsea’s official website of his experience in England to date and future ambition: “I’m happy here.

“It’s always nice to try a new league and it’s my first taste of the Premier League.

“Obviously it’s a period where I’m adapting but I’m hoping that, although I’ve only got a short time, I can finish well. The best thing we can do is qualify for the Champions League and hopefully win the Europa League too.

“We’re coming towards the end so it’s about finishing as strongly as possible.

“The main objective is to finish in the top four so we can play in the Champions League and also to encourage other players to come and play for the club. That’s what the squad are hoping for, so that we can add players next season, and to finish the season well and make people happy.”

He added: “From a personal point of view I want to do as well as I can so I can be here for next season. That’s my intention.

“I came here and I wanted to stay. It’s a good city, you live well and you can be relaxed but also enjoy yourself. So my intention is to stay here.”

Higuain has previously starred in La Liga and Serie A and admits the Premier League has presented entirely different challenges.

He said: “You watch the games on TV and you see that it’s a fast and powerful league to play in, but when you’re playing it’s even more so. You come up against defenders that are really strong.

“Also, we’ve seen any team can beat any other team. We’re one point off the Champions League spot so we have an opportunity to put pressure on the other teams for the end of the season.”

Chelsea can move into the Premier League’s top four on Monday by taking a positive result from a derby date with West Ham.

After that contest, their attention will then shift to the first leg of a Europa League quarter-final clash with Slavia Prague.

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