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

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.

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“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.

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