Gabigol will not join lesser club just to play, says agent

Only an outfit on the same plain as the Nerazzurri will be able to convince the struggling striker to join them, his agent has commented

Gabriel Barbosa is unsatisfied with his difficult start to life at Inter, but his agent insists he will not drop down a level going out on loan in search of playing time.

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The 2016 Olympics Gold medallist has only featured for 16 competitive minutes since Inter beat competition from Juventus to sign him from Santos for a reported €25 million in August.

The 20-year-old wants to establish himself as one of the leading players at San Siro, according to his representative Wagner Ribeiro, who admitted that his client is not satisfied.

However, he also added that they will only consider a loan switch to a club of the same stature.

“I said he is not happy because he isn’t. He wants to play. The problem is that so far he hasn’t been evaluated, you can’t do that in 16 minutes,” Ribeiro told Globo Esporte.

“But a loan is bad. He’ll be starting at Inter soon, just give him a chance.

“Gabriel is not like many players, who settle with the good salary they have. He wants to play, and if he doesn’t, I know he will not be happy.

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“He wants to be an idol, to play in the Champions League. If he leaves, it will be for a team that is the same size as Inter.”

La Liga side Las Palmas have been heavily linked with a temporary move for the young striker, while Santos coach Dorival Junior said on Friday he would be welcome back at the Vila Belmiro.

“One piece of advice I would give him is to come back to Santos, but I do not know if it’s right or wrong advice,” Dorival said.

“It would be important if he remains [at Inter]. If he does not, he would be most welcome here.”