|Gonzalo Higuian in Philadelphia|
The Argentinian already had a first renewal with Mourinho as newcomer to the Real Madrid bench. It was agreed in advance and the Portuguese gave the go ahead. It was the July 7, 2010. He signed until June 30, 2016 and his salary is 3.8 million euros per season. Now Higuain will improve his salary (about 4.5 million euros, the same level that Ramos and Xabi Alonso) and his contract will run until 2018, as Di Maria. In all renewals of Real Madrid, Mourinho plays an active role. He boasts of having a young team and fights for his players, though negotiations are not fast. For example, Di Maria said last year he was expecting an improvement and it has taken a year to come. Negotiations with 'Pipita' are much more advanced. Higuain wanted a salary according with his top forward condition and has achieved it.
Higuain had offers this summer from the PSG, Juventus and Manchester City. The French team offered him to be the highest paid player in the workforce (more than 6 million euros net a season), but Pipita, declined these offers to continue in Madrid. The heat from the fans, the advice of his peers and a conversation with Mourinho and his father convinced him to stay.
Now the white club has to make official the improvement. Higuain came in 2007 from River Plate. In Madrid he has always had to paddle upstream and beat off competition from Ronaldo, Raul, Cassano, Van Nistelrooy, Huntelaar, Benzema... This year he will have to fight again, Benzema is ready to the duel.