Inter flop Gabigol returns to Santos on year-long loan

Gabriel Barbosa has been granted relief from a torrid start to life in Europe, with Santos announcing he has returned to the club on a year-long loan from Inter.

The Serie A side shelled out a reported EUR25million to sign the Brazil international in August 2016, but he made just 10 appearances in all competitions - his only start coming in the Coppa Italia - and scored one goal in his debut season.

A loan to Benfica was not successful in securing greater playing time, with Gabriel getting just four outings for the Portuguese giants and he has gone full circle with a return to Brazil.

"It happened very quickly. It was a time for me to learn. I am very happy to come back and wear this shirt," he said in a statement issued by Santos.

"They knew how much I wanted to come back here. Everything is in place for it to go right. I return very different; more mature and with more experience."

During his first spell at Santos, Gabriel scored 57 goals in 157 appearances and won the Campeonato Paulista on two occasions.

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