Former Southampton striker Manolo Gabbiadini has revealed that he would have stayed at Southampton but for the arrival of new boss Ralph Hassenhuttl.
The striker only made one substitute appearance for the new Saints boss, before leaving to rejoin former side Sampdoria.
Speaking to Italian newspaper Il Secolo XIX, via Four Four Two, Gabbiadini revealed he would have stayed at St Mary’s if Hassenhuttl hadn’t arrived at the club.
I was happy in England and if something hadn’t happened with the new manager, I would have stayed for all five years.
But football up there is different, more individual, made up of many one-on-one battles, while we’re used to a more collective game. There are pros and cons, it depends on your tastes.
Gabbiadini only notched 12 goals since moving to England but was vital in Saints staying in the Premier League last season.
The Italian scored the vital goal against Swansea that all but guaranteed Premier League survival for Southampton last term.
Speaking about his time at Saints, Gabbiadini added he had some positive memories of his time on the south coast.
The Premier League is a unique league. It was a positive experience which allowed me to grow, and I would do it again, but it went so-so for me.
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 great 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 came up, I didn’t give it a moment’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.
Sampdoria sit seventh in Serie A and are close to the top four in the Italian top flight.