Gonzalo Higuain has told Maurizio Sarri that he is struggling to cope with the physicality of the Premier League after a disappointing start at Chelsea.
The 31-year-old striker has managed just three goals in his opening ten appearances for Chelsea since completing a loan move from Juventus to Stamford Bridge in January.
Higuain announced that he had retired from international duty with Argentina on Thursday in order to focus on club football and Sarri is hopeful the forwards form can improve in the remaining weeks of the season.
Speaking ahead of Chelseas trip to Cardiff, Sarri challenged Higuain to be at the very top with the Blues looking to secure a top-four finish in the Premier League.
Asked if Higuain could still be at Chelsea next season, Sarri replied: I dont know. Id like to see him at the top in the last two months.
At the moment, only this is very important. We need Gonzalo at the very top.
Its not easy to get used to this championship. The level is different; the way of playing is different. Especially for a striker, its very difficult to get used to the Premier League in only one, two months.
Sarri lifted the lid on his conversations with Higuain, revealing that the forward is still struggling to cope with defenders and referees in England.
He said to me that its difficult because the physical impact of the defenders here is really very strong, Sarri added.
The referees here are really very different than in Italy, so its another football for him.