‘More mature’ Barbosa returns to Inter

Inter's Gabriel Barbosa hopes to put last season behind him as he prepares for his second campaign in Europe, saying that he returns to the San Siro a changed man.

The former Santos forward failed to live up to expectations created by his hefty €29.5m price tag in his debut year in the Serie A, starting only a single match and scoring one solitary goal in a dismal season for the Nerazzurri.

Disappointing statistics aside, the man affectionately known as 'Gabilgol' reached a low point in his relationship with his new employers when, after not being used as a substitute in Inter's 3-1 win over Lazio in May, he petulantly stormed out of the dugout before the final whistle was blown.

In conversation with Globo Esporte, Barbosa was keen to illustrate that he has learned from his experience and is returning to Italy in a more stable frame of mind.

"Every new season generates a great expectation on our part, from the people who follow us," the Brazil international said. "It will be another year in Europe for me and I believe that I will be more prepared, more mature in order to play at my best.

"I hope this evolution can be shown on and off the pitch. I believe that," he added. "Even during the break, I made a point of staying in good physical and mental shape.

"I did physical work during this period to get back to Europe well. Now I will continue this and achieve my best physical and technical form in the season that will come."