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Gonzalo Higuain reveals that he was close to join Arsenal nine years ago

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Gonzalo Higuain shared in recent interview about how he was close to sign for Arsenal and then how he was surprised about Arsenal signing Ozil for big fees instead of him.

“Before I went to Napoli there was [a chance to sign for Arsenal]. We had already spoken but they didn’t buy me, they buy Ozil for 80 million or something like that,” Gonzalo Higuain told TyC Sports.

“They told me: ‘We don’t have a lot of money to spend. You’re expensive’. From there I went to Napoli. Two days later I see Ozil [signs] for 80 million euros,” he laughed.

He also shared his feelings about his time at Real Madrid and praised the club.

“They’re the biggest club in history. They have 14 Champions League titles. I think it’s the summit for a player,” he said.

“To arrive at 19 [years old] and play [there] until I was 26… I was able to touch the sky with my hands and well, I don’t think there is more than Madrid.

“In my first year I scored 27 goals and Cris [Cristiano Ronaldo] 26. I go on holiday and I see that they sign [Karim] Benzema and Kaka.

“I call the club and say: ‘I score 27 goals and you bring me Benzema and Kaka. Listen to me, I have to come back. What do I have to do?’.

“But that’s what Madrid is all about. They bring in players constantly and you have to be competing. That’s what makes them the best team in history. You always have to compete with the best.”

Moreover, he also revealed about his friendship with Karim Benzema.

“I’ve known Karim since I was 19. We didn’t just get on well, we were competing for the same position, but we always had a good relationship,” he said.

“It doesn’t surprise me that today he is the best player in the world.”

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