Speaking in an interview with L’Équipe, Lille’s 22-year-old Brazilian central defender Gabriel provided an update on his future.
“If I knew what was going to happen, I would not lie to you. But I don’t know, so I am waiting. I am thinking too. It is very gratifying because a lot of clubs are speaking about me. I want to go as high as possible, I came to Europe for that.”
On whether he would prefer England or Italy:
They are both good leagues. I speak a lot with Luis Campos to see where is best for me because he has a lot of experience. I also speak with my agents, with Gérard (Lopez), with José (Fonte).
On Gennaro Gattuso being a big fan of his:
I don’t know, we haven’t spoken. On the internet, on social media, there are a lot of things that come out. We don’t know what is true. I see everyday: “ah Gabriel is going there, he is coming here.” But in fact, we don’t yet know where I am going to go.
On whether he is prioritising playing time at his next club or joining a Champions’ League outfit:
Wherever I go, it will be to play, to be at the top, at the very highest level. And above all in a team that will allow me get to the Brazilian national team. That is my biggest objective, my dream. I hope that I will be there soon.