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