Gagliardini joined Inter for €28m last month, just half-a-season after he broke into the Atalanta team, and Gasperini feels his former protege has what it takes to rise to the Nerazzurri’s demands.
“I wished him well,” the Coach told Corriere della Sera.
“He’s developed in a fantastic way and when Inter went in for him, at that point he had pushed his limits.
“I told him, ‘go, don’t play like a kid and have litte reverence’. [Inter] are a club that don’t forgive.
“Then, clearly, he needs [to show] the great technical ability that he has.”
When Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio faced the cameras to discuss new signing Roberto Gagliardini, he was understandably asked why the club had the club agreed to pay Atalanta up to €28 million for a 22-year-old who had played just 14 times in Serie A.
“We believe in Gagliardini and don’t count the number of Serie A games he has played, but how he played them,” Ausilio said.
“We are fully aware with a young player we must have the patience to let him make mistakes, grow and improve.
“You can’t start to doubt Gagliardini’s quality because Inter signed him rather than someone else.”