Willy Caballero has lifted the lid on the role he played in Gonzalo Higuain’s move to Chelsea this January.
have agreed to loan Higuain to Chelsea until the end of the season and the 31-year-old striker made his debut in the side’s 3-0 victory over Sheffield Wednesday at the weekend.
Higuain has been reunited with former Napoli colleagues Maurizio Sarri and Jorginho at Stamford Bridge and the forward also joins forces with Argentina team-mate Caballero.
Sarri attempted to sign Higuain last summer and Caballero has revealed that he’s spoken with his compatriot ‘for a long time’ about joining Chelsea.
‘We have been in touch [about the move] for a long time,’ Caballero told Goal.
‘I gave him every bit of time that a friend can give to another. Also, as a team-mate. We talked about the Premier League, this city, the club, about everything.
‘When you are asked, you be honest and say the truth. Now, it is a reality. It is true and he is here.
‘The first day is always a little bit stressful for a player and it was for him. But it is fun for me because I am over a year in the club and I am watching him as the new one in the changing room.
‘It was fun to see him again and to be in the same team again, then after few minutes it becomes natural.’
Chelsea assistant manager Gianfranco Zola has predicted that Higuain will improve once he builds a better understanding with his new team-mates.
‘Considering it is the first game, you will see more from him,’ Zola said following Chelsea’s FA Cup fourth-round defeat of Sheffield Wednesday.
‘A couple of times in the first half he made a couple of great moves but we couldn’t find the right ball.
‘I am personally satisfied with him, but he is going to get better because he needs to build up an understanding with the others.
‘Sometimes in the first half he was making movements but we couldn’t see his movements and this is something we need to do.’