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Gabigol plans to stay at Inter … at least for now

The Brazilian striker told Globoesporte: ‘For now, I’m staying.’    

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He says he’s staying ... for now.
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It may seem a little cryptic, but Brazil striker Gabriel Barbosa told a Brazilian newspaper he plans to stay with the Nerazzuri for the time being.

Sportskeeda reported that Gabigol was being pursued by Las Palmas but has decided to give new Inter Milan boss Luciano Spalletti a shot at giving him more playing time.

"I'm happy here, although it is true that if I don't play, I get bored.

"I want to play, so I hope to make a decision soon, but for now I can say that I'm staying at Inter.

"My first season at Inter was very difficult, but I still hope to show my qualities. I have been learning and maturing. I feel like a new man.

"I expected more in the way of opportunities and my start here wasn't as I expected. I'm working hard and I now understand how Italian football works, which is very different from in Brazil. I want to establish myself here.

"There is still time to make a decision on my future."

Source: Globoesporte

Last month the striker ran afoul of fans and members of the team when he left the sidelines of Inter’s game with Lazio when he was not used.

Barbosa joined Inter Milan a year ago for €29.5 million from Santos. This season he had one goal in Serie A play in nine substitutions — in a 1-0 win against Bologna in February — failing to make the starting lineup all season.

As the rumor mill heats up over the possibility of other attacking options being courted by Spalletti, Gabigol’s future at the San Siro is surely in question.

Of course, acting like a child and leaving the bench because you didn’t get your playing time doesn’t help your case either. It would be nice to see the younger’s full potential reached in an Inter shirt and maybe Spalletti can temper the Brazilian and get the best out of him.

I mean, the guy does have talent.