AC Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso has confirmed Chelsea target Gonzalo Higuain wants to leave the club.
Higuain joined Milan on loan from Juventus in July with an option to make the deal permanent, but he has struggled for form at the San Siro, scoring just eight goals in all competitions.
“When a player makes up his mind it becomes hard to convince them otherwise,” said Gattuso of Higuain.
“I have a relationship with him that features great honesty, we say things to one another’s face.
“At the moment, he’s our player and we’re holding on tightly to him. I don’t know what will happen.”
The Argentina international reportedly wants to join his former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri at Stamford Bridge.
Higuain had his most successful season under Sarri, breaking the Italian league goalscoring record with 36 goals in the 2015/16 term.
“I’ve talked to him a great deal but it’s hard to give advice because the career of a player only lasts 13-14 years,” continued Gattuso.
“It’s his mind, not mine. The most important thing is to talk as men, look each other in the eyes and speak the truth.
“I still don’t understand what Higuain’s unhappy about because I see a happy lad, involved in the locker room.
“We’ll see what happens. If it was up to me, I’d keep him at my house and feed him my dinner.”