Gabriel Barbosa has been somewhat of an enigma to Inter Milan fans.
He came to the San Siro amid much fanfare in 2016 with the likes of fellow Brazilian Joao Mario, but neither seemed to perform to the hype they were brought in with.
Now, at Santos, the Brazilian international said he wants to return to the Nerazzurri presumably for a chance to suggest all the fluff was not for nothing.
“We’ll see what happens at the end of my loan. I leave everything in the hands of God, but certainly I dream of wearing the Nerazzurri jersey again,” Gabigol told Calciomercato. “I’d be very happy if I did. What didn’t work out for me? I chose the Nerazzurri for the project they’d proposed to me.”
During his stint with Inter, Barbosa scored just one goal – not nearly as exciting as it seemed his time with Inter would be.
So, he was sent out on loan to Santos where he has scored just twice in 11 appearances. The Brazilian squad is in 15th in Brazileirao Serie A with just two matches played this season.
“I was very motivated and eager to show my worth. I arrived with a great desire to play and make history, but unfortunately things didn’t go as planned,” Barbosa said. “My characteristics didn’t with square up with the club, but I respect them a lot. I made many new friends there, especially with my teammates, from Brazilians like Miranda and Felipe Melo to Joao Mario, who went there the same time as me.”
The question is whether Barbosa will have any role in Inter’s plans for next season.
With Mauro Icardi likely staying with the club and Racing star Lautaro Martinez joining the attack for Inter next season coupled with Ivan Perisic and Antonio Candreva, finding that spot for Barbosa may be a little difficult.
“It was a very useful experience, despite having played little. I’m a young player, I have my whole career ahead of me, so I try to absorb everything in terms of experience,” he said.
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