Gabriel 'Gabigol' Barbosa wants 'to make history' with Inter Milan
Gabriel “Gabigol” “Barbosa said he wants “to win it all” with Inter Milan after being officially presented as a Nerazzurri player.
Inter beat off competition from Juventus, Barcelona and the Chinese Super League to sign “Gabigol” for €29.5 million from Santos in the closing days of the transfer window, although the forward said he had no doubts as soon as he learnt of Inter’s interest in him.
“Inter were my first choice,” he said at his presentation on Thursday. “It was the project and all the staff that made my mind up. I want to keep learning and do whatever’s necessary to help my teammates. I want to try to win it all here.
“I’m really happy. This is an incredible day. I’m delighted to be part of this club and I want to thank my family and friends. I want to make history with this club.
– F.C. Internazionale (@Inter) September 22, 2016
“I had a big offer from China, but I decided to come here because Inter was always my first choice. There were offers from all over the world, but I’ve joined the biggest club in Italy and I’m delighted with my decision.”
He was unveiled at the Auditorium Pirelli in Milan by Marco Tronchetti Provera, Pirelli’s CEO, who gave him quite an introduction.
“The last player I introduced like this was Ronaldo,” he said, on what was the former Inter player’s 40th birthday.
Gabigol, 20, did not wish to comment on that comparison, saying: “I don’t like comparing myself with other players — I am Gabriel Barbosa.
“We’re talking about another era here, but those players were so successful. They gave everything they had on the field of play and I want to do the same — I want to give 100 percent.
“We have lots of good players here and I am just one of them. I spoke with [former Inter player Philippe] Coutinho and I was really pleased that Ronaldo wished me luck.”
He cannot now wait to play alongside the in-form Argentine striker Mauro Icardi, who has scored six goals in the opening five Serie A games of the season, in the Inter attack.
“He’s an idol,” he added. “I’ve been following him forever and think he’s a top player.
“All of the players have been really friendly. They’ve made me feel very welcome and now I can’t wait to make my debut and play alongside them.”
His debut could come on Sunday, when Inter welcome Bologna to the San Siro, after his arrival was delayed to sort out his personal affairs in Brazil.
Ben Gladwell reports on Serie A, the Italian national team and the Bundesliga for ESPN FC, UEFA and the Press Association. @UEFAcomBenG.