Last updated: 1/8/19 11:27 pm
AC Milan striker Gonzalo Higuain needs to tackle the job, said sporting director Leonardo, among the news linking the unstable striker to Chelsea.
Higuain, 31, joined Milan for a Juventus seasonal loan in July after Cristiano Ronaldo arrived in Turin, but struggled to settle in San Siro.
The former Napoli player put an end to his scoring drought in two months before the winter break with the winner against SPAL, bringing his six-goal spoils in 15 Serie A games – below his rate in previous clubs.
"A goal can change things, but if you have to continue here, you have to take responsibility," Leonardo warned.
"He had a difficult time, he had to put it behind him and get to work".
Milan have an option to buy Higuain who has also been linked to a possible move to reach the former Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea.
"It makes no sense to follow gossip and gossip," Leonardo said.
"He's here now, since he's here, he needs to get off and actually do something for this team."
Milan came out of the Europa League and fell fifth in Serie A.
The Brazilian Leonardo has also confirmed that there have been no official bids for the Italian striker Fabio Borini or the Croatian midfielder Alen Halilovic, who have been linked respectively to the Chinese club in Shenzhen and the Turkish club Besiktas.
Leonardo spoke during the presentation of the new Brazilian brand Lucas Paqueta, who arrived from Flamengo with a four-and-a-half-year contract worth € 35 million (£ 31.56 million).
"Milan is the right place for me," said Paqueta, describing himself as "a technical player with a good body".
The 21-year-old could make his debut in the Italian Cup against Sampdoria on Saturday or next week of the Italian Super Cup against Juventus.
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