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Higuain needs to knuckle down, warns AC Milan sporting director

AFP  |  Milan 

AC striker needs to knuckle down and start working, sporting said on Tuesday, amid reports linking the unsettled Argentine international with Chelsea.

Higuain, 31, joined on a season-long loan from Juventus in July following the arrival of in but has struggled to settle at the San Siro.

The former Napoli ended his two-month goal-scoring drought before the winter break with the winner against SPAL, bringing his tally to six goals in 15 games -- below his rate at his previous clubs.

"A goal can change things, but if he is to continue here, he needs to take on responsibility," warned

"He had a tough moment, he has to put it behind him and get to work."

have an option to buy who has also been linked with a possible move to join former Napoli at Chelsea.

"There's no point following rumours and gossip," said

"He is here right now. Seeing as he is here, he needs to get down and actually do something for this team."

AC Milan have crashed out of the and dropped to fifth in

Brazilian Leonardo also confirmed there have been no formal offers for Italian forward or Croatian who have been linked to Chinese club and Turkish outfit Besiktas respectively.

Leonardo was speaking during the presentation of new Brazilian signing Lucas Paqueta, who arrived from Flamengo on a four-and-a-half year deal worth 35 million euros (USD 40m).

"Milan is the right place for me," said Paqueta, describing himself as "a with a good physique".

The 21-year-old could make his debut in the Italian Cup against Sampdoria on Saturday or next week's match against Juventus.

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First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 10:55 IST