Inter Milan expect to sell some attackers - Stefano Pioli

Inter Milan coach Stefano Pioli has told La Gazzetta dello Sport he wants to offload some of his attackers in the January window amid doubts over Gabigol and Stevan Jovetic's futures.

Gabigol joined Inter from Santos in the summer but his agent, Wagner Ribeiro, said recently that the Brazil international is not happy at the club and could leave in January.

Jovetic, meanwhile, was left out of the squad that beat Sassuolo 1-0 on Sunday and sporting director Piero Ausilio confirmed it was due to tactical reasons.

Speaking about the club's January plans, Pioli said: "I expect to have fewer players, especially in the attack.

"I thrive above all on human relations and without the Europa League, the ideal number of players to coach is 23-24 at the most. It will be a transfer window of transition for everybody and I think that you cannot change certain values all that much in January. We will do something, but let's not forget that we are also affected by financial fair play."

Speaking specifically about Jovetic, he said: "We had a face-to-face [meeting] and he expressed a certain disapproval of certain decisions. I pick players who are ready, in every sense of the word."

He was more positive about Gabigol, though, saying: "He is working well, but so is everybody.

"He needs to get more and more used to the Italian way of things and to prove that he is better than those he is competing for a place with. There is no impediment to him playing, I pick the players who will make me win."

Ribeiro told ESPN Brasil on Tuesday that he was disappointed the player had not been given a chance but said he had urged him to be patient, adding: "My hope is that he stays."

ESPN FC's Italy correspondent, Ben Gladwell, contributed to this report.