Gabbiadini on Sampdoria return: “I didn’t give it a second’s thought”

GENOA, ITALY - JANUARY 12: Manolo Gabbiadini new player of Sampdoria Team goes to the stands before the Coppa Italia match between UC Sampdoria and AC Milan at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on January 12, 2019 in Genoa, Italy. (Photo by Paolo Rattini/Getty Images)

Italian striker Manolo Gabbiadini revealed that rejoining Sampdoria was an easy decision after completing his transfer from Southampton last week

Gabbiadini decided to end his two-year stay at St Mary’s this month after making just four starts in the Premier League for Southampton this season.

Although the 27-year-old did enjoy some highs in his short stay in England with his most notable feat coming in the 2017 EFL Cup final, where he scored twice against Manchester United in a 3-2 defeat for Southampton.

Now Gabbiadini has returned to Sampdoria, who he played for between 2013 to 2015 before leaving for Napoli, and is looking forward to his second spell in Liguria.

“The Premier League is a unique League,” Gabbiadini told Il Secolo XIX.

“It a positive experience, which let me grow, and I’d do it again, but it went so-so for me.

BREMEN, GERMANY - AUGUST 18: Franco Semioli of Genua runs with the ball during the Uefa Champions League qualifying match between Werder Bremen and Sampdoria Genua at Weser Stadium on August 18, 2010 in Bremen, Germany. (Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)

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According to the former Fiorentina and Chievo Verona player, the Italy national team will suffer in the future because of the few youth prospects.

“What will stay with me? Several things. I scored twice in the 2017 [League] Cup Final and scored the goal that kept us up last season.

“Let’s say I was always there whenever I was needed most over the last two years and I still have a wonderful relationship with their fans. They used to chant ‘Lamborghini-Gabbiadini’.

“When you leave somewhere, you don’t think about going back and just think about where you’re going next.

“However, I left Samp on very good terms and when the opportunity [of returning] came up, I didn’t give it a second’s thought.

“Physically I feel good. I haven’t played for over a month but there’s no winter break in England and I’ve kept training.”

Gabbiadini scored 12 goals in 60 appearances for Southampton in total.