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Ex-Lille scout reveals that Gabriel was initially the club’s 3rd choice target

Speaking in an interview with L’Équipe, ex-Lille scout and current Chapecoense Director of Football André Martins discussed Les Dogues’ decision-making process behind the signing of 22-year-old central defender Gabriel from Avai in 2017.

“Lille asked me to watch left-footed central defenders and I knew Gabriel from the Avai youth teams. He was initially third choice behind Juninho, born in 1995 who was at Curitiba at the time (today is at Bahia), and Marcao, born in 1996 how was at the time at Atletico Paranaense (now at Galatasaray).”

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