Argentina forward Gonzalo Higuain has been labelled a mercenary by Italy’s deputy Prime Minister, Matteo Salvini and warned never to return to Milan.
Salvini, who is a right-wing politician and also interior minister, is a staunch AC Milan fan.
The Blues striker ended a loan spell at the Serie A side to move to Chelsea earlier this month, and provided glimpses of what is to come in the win against Sheffield Wednesday last Sunday
But Salvini does not want him ever to return.
“I’m glad that Higuain has gone. I hope we’ll never see him again in Milan because he really behaved in an unworthy manner,” Salvini told RTL radio.
“I don’t like mercenaries in politics or football.”
Higuain, 31, scored eight goals in 22 games while on loan at Milan in the first half of the season.
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Milan got cover for the Argentina star in the form of Polish striker Krzysztof Piatek, who signed a four-year deal from Genoa.
And Salvini, 45, who is leader of the anti-migrant Northern League party, has a lot of time for him.
He added: “I like Piatek very much, plus he has an EU passport.”