Gabigol laughs off Reds link: I’ve only been here 3 months

Date published: Saturday 24th December 2016 12:20

Gabriel Barbosa is ignoring transfer speculation and choosing to concentrate on playing for Inter Milan.

The Brazilian has already been linked with moves to Liverpool and Fenerbahce despite having only joined the Serie A side in August for a reported €29.5million.

It has been a tough start at the San Siro for ‘Gabigol’ with him failing to break into the starting XI with either former boss Frank de Boer or new manager Stefano Pioli.

However, the forward is “happy” at Inter and determined to make a success of his time in Italy.

“I’ve only been here for three months, so it has taken time to adapt to the city and the team,” he said.

“I am very happy at Inter. Obviously I hope to play more, but I am happy and realise it will take some patience. I train every day to improve and every day I feel more settled.

“Plan A is to stay at Inter and make my mark here the way I did at Santos.”

At only 20, the Brazilian is still adjusting to the league but he has dismissed the notion that he can’t adapt because his style of play isn’t suited to Serie A.

“I think a lot of people are talking rubbish. It’s a different style of football with great players. I arrived in Italy very young, there are very experienced players here who have been in Serie A for a long time.

“I’m learning a lot and think it’s just a matter of time. No player arrived and immediately went into the starting XI.

“Italian football is very different. There are great players here, but nobody with the same style of football as me. Italians usually don’t start deep and run forward, for example. I have to get used to it.”

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