‘I want to enjoy my family’

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The former Juventus, Napoli and Real Madrid star has cited family reasons for the decision to end his Argentina career

Chelsea striker Gonzalo Higuain has announced his retirement from international football with Argentina.

The 31-year-old, who moved to Chelsea in January on a loan deal from Juventus, scored 31 goals in 75 appearances for the Albiceleste.

Gonzalo Higuain made his debut for Argentina in 2009 and played in three World Cups

Having made his international debut in 2009, Higuain’s final appearance came in a 2-1 win over Nigeria in the World Cup last June.

Explaining his decision in an interview with Fox Sports, Higuain said: “My time with Argentina is over. Thinking things through in depth, my time is up.

“To the delight of many, now I will only look at it from the outside. I have spoken to (manager Lionel) Scaloni and told him my point of view.

“I’ve made the decision because I want to enjoy my family, I want to spend time with my daughter, and at the same time, I feel that I gave my country everything I could.”

Gonzalo Higuain is expected to join Chelsea on a permanent basis in the summer

Gonzalo Higuain is expected to join Chelsea on a permanent basis in the summer

Higuain has scored three goals in ten appearances since joining Chelsea towards the end of January.

The Premier League club have the option to make the deal permanent in the summer.

He added: “I’m fully focused on my commitment to Chelsea.

“The Premier League is amazing and I really want to enjoy it. It’s very competitive indeed.”

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