Manolo Gabbiadini certainly did not have the best of times at Southampton before completing a move to Sampdoria in the January transfer window.
Despite starting his life on the south coast in electric fashion, he struggled to make the desired impact many had expected from him, having hit just 12 goals in 60 appearances for The Saints.
Because of his struggles, he soon found himself on the fringes of the first-team and things did not get any better for him when Ralph Hasenhuttl replaced Mark Hughes as the manager at the beginning of December.
As mentioned, he is now playing his football back in Italy for Sampdoria under a manager whom he admires in Marco Giampaolo.
Speaking to DAZN, via Calciomercatoweb, Gabbiadini revealed that it was a ‘simple choice’ for him to make and already knew what it took to wear the shirt of the Serie A outfit, having previously done so in his career.
“He’s a manager that I like because of the way he plays,” he said.
“I didn’t get in touch, there was no need to convince me. I already knew what it takes to wear this shirt. I know many people here and the city, so for me it was a simple choice to return to Sampdoria.”
It’s no real surprise that a decision to leave Southampton and return back to one of his former clubs was ‘simple’ for Gabbiadini to make.
The Italian would have been getting frustrated with how things were going on the south coast and would surely have made his mind up about a move when it was made clear he was not a part of Hasenhuttl’s plans.
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