April 18, 2018 / 9:30 AM / 7 months ago

Inter teenager Karamoh reprimanded for showboating

Soccer Football - Serie A - Genoa vs Inter Milan - Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris, Genoa, Italy - February 17, 2018 Inter Milan's Yann Karamoh reacts REUTERS/Alberto Lingria

MILAN (Reuters) - Inter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti has chided teenager Yann Karamoh for showboating in Tuesday’s 4-0 win over Cagliari in Serie A even though he recognises the Frenchman is a crowd pleaser.

Karamoh, 19, has been used sparingly since joining on loan from Ligue 1 side Caen in the close season but has already scored a stunning goal in the 2-1 win over Bologna in February.

He enjoys playing to the crowd but a backheel in front of Cagliari’s Leandro Castan in the first half was too much for Spalletti and also angered the Brazilian.

“He’s a strong player with flair and a good turn of pace. The fans like him although the backheel he did is a gesture which should not be repeated if he wants to become a champion,” said the shaven-headed coach.

“In terms of finishing and the overall balance of the team, he can improve but he’s a lad of real quality. With the right focus and through hard work, he could become a great player.”

Spalletti added: “He is very creative and that means that collaborating with team mates is tricky for him but he mustn’t get into bad habits.”

Karamoh made no apologies for the trick but said: “I often do these things, it is what football is all about.”

“I had a lot of chances, I missed them but I will have more in the future,” he added.

“The applause from the crowd at the San Siro gives me a lot of satisfaction and helps my self confidence to grow with every chance and opportunity I get to play.”

Writing by Brian Homewood; Editing by Christian Radnedge

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