Real Madrid's Gonzalo Higuain: I Am Very Happy With My Contract Extension

'El Pipa' will be at the Bernabeu until 2016....
In an interview with AS, Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain expressed his happiness with having finally agreed to terms with los Blancos to extend his contract with the club until 2016.

"The truth is that I am very happy with my contract extension and that I will be staying in Madrid. It was something I was waiting for with a lot of anticipation and really helps my psyche," he stated.

As for the coaching change at Real Madrid, Higuain was respectful to Manuel Pellegrini, but regarded Jose Mourinho's arrival as good news.

"It is a pity that Pellegrini has left because I felt very good working with him. He is a good person. But without any doubt, a coach with a history of success is coming in his place.

"He [Mourinho] is a winner and everything he has won with other clubs is going to take hold at Madrid. We have to work with him and him with us. I am very enthusiastic with what is in store at Madrid, but right now I have my head in the World Cup.

"As for going to the World Cup, I can only say it is a dream come true. Four years ago I was watching and thought, 'How incredible it would be to be there'. Now it is hard to believe I am realising that dream."

Asked if he was nervous for his World Cup debut, Higuain admitted he will have a few butterflies.

"When I think I'm going to play in a World Cup and I imagine my debut, my hair stands on end. In a few days, my family will come to South Africa and it will be very nice to have them here supporting me in such an important time for me.

"Further, I get along well with my team-mates on the national team. They make fun of me for sleeping so much, but the truth is that I think one should be rested to feel 100% for the tournament. The only thing I am thinking about is giving everything on the pitch to help Argentina win the World Cup."

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