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Gonzalo Higuain can inspire Juventus to Champions League - Trezeguet

David Trezeguet believes his former club Juventus can win the Champions League after adding Gonzalo Higuain to their squad.

Juve signed Higuain from Napoli last summer for €90 million -- making the deal the most expensive ever in Italian football.

The Argentina international has gone on to score 17 goals in 26 appearances for the Serie A champions this season, and Trezeguet feels he can inspire the club to a first Champions League crown since 1996.

"Juventus have been the top team in Italy for five years," Trezeguet told Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy. "They have shown that they are the most important team, and are working hard to make the club a top European side with titles to accompany this.

"Higuain has been added to the team to give it a new level of quality, and he is doing this very well. Juventus has made big buys, to get national and international titles, and the Champions League is the biggest trophy in Europe. Italian football needs these titles, and I think Juventus is showing that it is a step above the rest."

Gonzalo Higuain joined Juventus from Napoli last summer.

Trezeguet, who spent 10 years as a Juve player between 2000 and 2010, finished his career with a spell at Indian side Pune City.

Based on his experience in the Indian Super League, the former France international believes football across Asia will continue to grow over the next few years, as it has done recently in China.

"Asian football is the future of football. In China they are investing a lot in big players to create football growth, and they will be an example for young players and the next generation," Trezeguet said.

"It is an interesting development, and time will tell how well they achieve this objective. Indian football in relation to others is still behind, and football is not yet the most popular sport in India. But they have a big margin of growth. China is mobilising in a great way in football, and I think the future in India can be in the same direction."

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