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Pirlo confirms talks of Higuain’s departure from Juventus

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Gonzalo Higuain will quit Juventus this summer while Paulo Dybala remains an integral part of the team, suggests Andrea Pirlo.

Fitness issues and inconsistency saw Gonzalo Higuain in and out of the Juventus line-up last season under Maurizio Sarri.

The Argentine striker’s poor form in front of goal forced the goalscoring burden almost entirely on Cristiano Ronaldo. While Ronaldo managed it quite comfortably, it does not mean that he doesn’t need a partner in crime.

Higuain, as a result, has been loosely, yet constantly, linked with a move away from the Allianz Stadium.

And Andrea Pirlo has finally confirmed that he is ready to let go of him this summer.

“I spoke with him. He’s a person that I admire very much and who has played an important part here. He’s a significant player, but we have decided that our paths must be separated,” said Pirlo, as Sky Sports reports.

“The cycle has come to an end and as professionals, we looked at each other in the eye and decided to make this decision.”

Paulo Dybala is another player whose future has become a subject of speculations as of late. However, the new boss is adamant about having the last year’s Serie A Player of the Year in his team.

“Paulo Dybala is an important player and he will be part of the project,” Pirlo added.

“Quality players can play together on any team. The important thing is that everyone makes the necessary sacrifices and thinks about the team.”