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Real Madrid never respected my son, says Higuain's father

Gonzalo Higuain has never been treated the way that he deserves at Real Madrid, according to the player's father.

El Pipita has been at the club since 2007 but, with his future now likely to be elsewhere, Jorge Higuain expressed his views about his son's time at the Santiago Bernabeu, including allegedly broken promises being made to the striker.

"For a year the club has promised a renewal of his contract," the forward's father told AS.

"There have been meetings with Jose Mourinho and Florentino Perez but nothing. In nine months there has never been a call and that was the straw that broke the camel's back.

"In seven years the boy has never been protected as he deserves. He has behaved excellently but now enough is enough and he wants to leave."

With regards to his next destination, Jorge says that he wants his son to join a club where he will feel loved.

He added: "Juventus and Arsenal have been in contact and he wants to go to a team in Europe where he is a main player and is shown affection."

The former River Plate forward has scored an impressive 122 goals in 262 appearances for Madrid in all competitions.