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Gonzalo Higuaín to leave Real Madrid


Real Madrid’s Argentinian forward Gonzalo Higuain celebrates after scoring during the Spanish league football match Real Sociedad vs Real Madrid at Anoeta stadium in San Sebastian on May 26, 2013. AFP PHOTO/ RAFA RIVAS (Photo credit should read RAFA RIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)

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Argentinian international Gonzalo Higuaín has confirmed he will leave Real Madrid, ending a 7-year stint with Los Blancos.

He said after the last match of the season, “I feel like my time here has come to an end. I need a change of scenery. The decision is made. I hope the club does the best for me and for them.”

It’s been awkward for Higuaín at Madrid recently. After recording over 2,300 minutes in the Primera Division in the 2008/09 and 2009/10 seasons, the most he’s hit is 1,712 last year.

He scored 106 goals in 189 league appearances since joining Madrid from Argentina’s River Plate in 2007, and was the club’s top goalscorer in the two seasons before Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival in 2009.

At just 25 years of age, Madrid could reap a huge amount of cash from the sale of Higuaín. He confirmed Juventus has already made an offer, but that he’s not sure where he’ll end up. “I haven’t decided where I am going. There have been offers from Juventus, but I honestly don’t know where I’ll go. I want to go to a club that really believes in me and where I will be happy.”

Higuaín did not give a reason for his departure, but said it was not because he was booed by fans during the Champions League semifinal second leg. “I am not going because I was booed. In seven years this is the first time I have been booed. There are other reasons, but I’m not going to reveal them.”