Manolo Gabbiadini's Southampton exit the 'best solution', says Ralph Hasenhuttl
Last Updated: 10/01/19 4:52pm
Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl believes Manolo Gabbiadini's impending switch to Sampdoria will prove the best solution for everyone.
The 27-year-old forward is set to return to his native Italy, and is expected to sign a four-and-a-half year deal worth £1.35m (€1.5m) annually.
Gabbiadini joined the Saints from Napoli during January 2017, but found his first-team chances limited this season under former boss Mark Hughes and scored just once.
"He is a good player, fantastic technique, but I think with this intensive pressing system we try to play, it is not his way, so it was better to find a solution which is better for both sides," Hasenhuttl said ahead of Southampton's fixture with Leicester on Saturday.
"It is a good step for him to go back to Italy, I wish him all the best. I am sure he can score goals at every club in the world, but we try to go another way and for that we need other players."
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Hasenhuttl says Southampton are aiming to bring in a replacement for Gabbiadini this month, but they are looking for a player for the long term.
"We are looking to bring someone in this transfer period, but it is not easy because in winter you must find a guy who not only for a short-time makes us better, but also for long term," said the Austrian, who was appointed at the start of December.
"I only want to take a transfer for the future, which is also helping us for the longer term, that is what I want to see.
"It is better to make it as soon as possible, but it is not so easy in the winter break."
Hasenhuttl added: "We don't want to be hurried. We will take time, think about it and if you are 100 per cent sure this guy makes us better, then take the decision, not earlier."