Manolo Gabbiadini’s agent claims the forward has gone ‘back home’ to Sampdoria and that Southampton have lost ‘one of the best strikers in Italy’.

Samp have agreed to re-sign Gabbiadini on loan with a €12m obligation to buy from Southampton, and Silvio Pagliari is confident the former Napoli attacker will rediscover his scoring touch at Marassi.

“He felt good at Sampdoria and wanted to go back home,” he told Sky Sport Italia from Milan Linate airport, where he was waiting for the 27-year-old.

“We wouldn’t have gone anywhere on loan. It was his will to cut the cord with Southampton, although he had a great time there.

“He also discussed tactics with Sampdoria and I’m sure he’ll carve out a place in the team.

“He’s a good player and, in my opinion, one of the best strikers in Italy.” 

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