River Plate open to Higuain return

BUENOS AIRES (Xinhua) – River Plate could make a bid to sign Juventus forward Gonzalo Higuain, according to the Argentinian club’s sporting director, Enzo Francescoli.

Higuain is tied to Juventus until 2021, however River have not ruled out an attempt to repatriate their former player in the coming weeks.

“Obviously he has to have a desire to return,” the Ole news portal quoted Francescoli as saying. “It will depend on him and his plans. He is very important to River. He grew up here and his father also played for the club.”

Higuain began his professional career at River and scored 15 goals in 41 matches for the Buenos Aires side before moving to Real Madrid in January 2007.

The 32-year-old, who has been capped 75 times for Argentina, retired from international football in March last year, citing a desire to spend more time with his family.

File photo shows Juventus’ Gonzalo Higuain challenging for the ball against Roma’s Amadou Diawara during a match in Turin, Italy. PHOTO: XINHUA