Manolo Gabbiadini has admitted that he has been left confused by the shortage of opportunities he has been handed at Southampton in recent seasons.

The Italian forward spoke to Gazzetta dello Sport, as cited by Di Marzio, about his chances of returning to the national team picture in the near future. Gabbiadini acknowledged, though, that he must impress for Southampton before he considers international football again.

I don’t know (Roberto) Mancini, the project is nice but everything depends on how I’ll play with Southampton. If I play.

Gabbiadini started in Southampton’s recent 3-0 defeat to Chelsea in the Premier League but has been limited to substitute appearances in the main part this season under Mark Hughes.

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The striker endured a similar struggle for regular game-time last season under Mauricio Pellegrino and was quick to highlight this when discussing his situation at St Mary’s.

I don’t know why I don’t play. My situation changed when Puel got sacked and Pellegrino took the job. I got back from the Sweden game and I got on the bench, because -in his words- he thought I was sad. Excuses, obviously. Then, with Hughes, the situation didn’t change.

Gabbiadini has not yet found the net for Saints this season but will be keen to retain his place in the starting line-up after the international break when the team travel to Bournemouth.

I’ve never went and asked (for) explanations, because I still wouldn’t have had the truth. I keep training and when I’m needed, I’m there. Like at Swansea: I got in and scored a decisive goal.