MADRID - Real Madrid want forward
Gonzalo Higuain to see out his career at the club, director
general Jorge Valdano said after the Argentine's hat-trick
against Real Valladolid on Sunday.
Higuain, 22, netted three clinical goals to fire Real to a
4-1 win that lifted them back above champions Barcelona to the
top of La Liga and Valdano said the club were in talks about
extending his current contract which ends in 2013.
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"We don't just want him to renew his contract but we want
him to see out his career at the club," Valdano, a former Real
Madrid and Argentina player, said in a television interview.
Higuain was accused of selfish play after Real were knocked
out of the Champions League by Olympique Lyon on Wednesday, but
Valdano defended his compatriot and said his response on Sunday
had been "tremendous".
Real's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo was twice in
promising goal-scoring positions against the French side at the
Bernabeu but Higuain opted to go it alone both times and the
chances went begging.
"All the comments this week about someone who is a great
forward and voracious in front of goal seem to me unjust,"
Valdano said. "You can't condemn him for one passage of play
during three otherwise immaculate years."
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