Brazilian forward Gabriel Barbosa has returned to his former club Santos on a year-long loan from Inter Milan.

The 21-year-old, nicknamed Gabigol, spent the past six-months on loan at Benfica, where he made just four appearances without scoring a goal.

“Gabigol is back at Santos FC. After almost 17 months in Europe, the boy from Vila returns for a year-long loan,” the Brazilian club said in a statement on Thursday.

Gabriel Barbosa is in a relationship with Neymar’s sister Rafaella.

Barbosa said: “I’m very anxious and excited to get back onto the pitch again, especially in the Copa Libertadores which is a competition I’ve always wanted to play in.”

The Brazil international scored 57 goals in 157 first-team appearances for Santos before joining Inter Milan in 2016 for 28 million euros.

He failed to impress at the San Siro, scoring just once in 10 matches head of his move to Benfica.

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