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Allegri: ‘Hope Higuain stays’

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Juventus Coach Massimiliano Allegri hopes Gonzalo Higuain will stay but “we have to wait for the World Cup”.

The striker joined the Bianconeri in a €94m deal from Napoli two seasons ago, but has been linked with a transfer this summer.

“I hope Pipita stays, we have to wait for the World Cup,” Allegri told Corriere dello Sport.

“I don’t know if an offer will come in, then the strength of Juventus is to satisfy those who want to leave.

“I’d want a centre-forward if he does leave, and then [Mario] Mandzukic won’t play on the wing next year, he’ll return to centre-forward.”

The Tuscan was also asked about Paulo Dybala, after admitting yesterday that La Joya struggled with comparisons to Lionel Messi.

“They’re two different players, Dybala is aerobic and Messi is explosive. Paulo scores running on to the ball, he follows the action and he finishes it.

“He can’t play like Messi, if he has no space he struggles. For the new Messi you need calm. Maybe he hated me for always repeating that to him, but I always told him that when he got back to being Dybala he’d be very good.

“His future? He’s not like Higuain. I spoke to him before he went on holiday and his objective is to have another great season with us and then go to a great team to improve.

“If you’re playing for Juventus, you have only three chances to improve: Real, Barça or Bayern.”

Allegri himself could have left this summer, as he was approached by Real Madrid. Did he ever consider leaving?

“No, I can assure you of that because there was another team before Real. I think [for my next team] I’ll go abroad, but never say never.

“I could only go to a club that wants to win in England, Spain or Germany.

“A national team? Not now, but in the future. I’d only say yes to Italy though.”

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