Santos boss Dorival Junior says Gabriel Barbosa needs time to settle at Inter Milan.
Gabigol has struggled since his August move.
“I did not interfere with the negotiations that took Gabriel to Italy,” Dorival Junior told Fox Sports.
“I only told him that the ideal would be to stay and grow at Santos before going abroad. Less than a year ago, when the talks started, I repeated to him that it was not the right moment to leave and that he needed to start several games,” he added.