Juventus’ new boss Andrea Pirlo terminates Higuain and Khedira’s contracts
- The new boss has been revamping the side that crushed out of the Champions League
- He took over from Maurizio Sarri who was sacked after defeat to Lyon
- Mental Health and Psychosocial considerations during the COVID-19 pandemic
Andrea Pirlo terminates Higuain and Khedira’s contracts.
The former Italian international has axed Gonzalo Higuain and Sami Khedira from his squad.
The new boss is on a mission to revamp the Italian Champions as he prepares for next season having been appointed as a shock replacement for Maurizio Sarri.
Sari was dismissed following his Champions League defeat, crashing out in the last-16 after aggregate defeat by Lyon, extending Juve’s wait for European glory since 1996.
And he has so far culled three players, with Blaise Matuidi already departing for MLS side Inter Miami.
Experienced stars Higuain (32) and Khedira (33) have followed, with Pirlo taking the drastic decision of cancelling the pair’s contracts a year before their expiry,
Juve will be relieved to rid themselves of Higuain’s £6.7m annual wage bill amid the coronavirus pinch, while both former Real Madrid stars reportedly in talks with the Turin side over payouts.
Higuain scored just eight goals in 32 Serie A games this season, having also failed to hit double figures in an ill-fated loan at Chelsea a year ago.
Khedira’s season was savaged by knee trouble, playing 12 of Juventus’ first 13 games in the Italian top-flight before spending the rest of the campaign on the sidelines.