Giaccherini to stay at Sunderland

Emanuele Giaccherini expects to stay at Sunderland next season despite missing out on a place in Italy’s World Cup squad, Sky Sports has reported.

The winger was left out of Cesare Prandelli’s squad to go to Brazil after a middling first year in the Premier League. Giaccherini moved to the Stadium of Light from Juventus last summer and played 31 times for the Black Cats, scoring five times.

But Sunderland’s struggle against relegation may have counted against the 29-year-old, who won’t add to his 18 caps for the Azzurri during this summer. Giaccherini has said, however, that he intends to stay on Wearside.

“For me, it definitely was a disappointment to be left out because all players in the national team dream of participating in the World Cup,” Giaccherini added. “But I accept with serenity the decision of the coach. Mr Prandelli is free to make the choices that he considers most appropriate.

“I want to emphasise that I will always be grateful to him because he is the coach who gave me the chance to play in the national team.

“For the future, who knows, but certainly my intention is to stay at Sunderland. In my club I’m fine and I’ll talk with the coach when the time comes to hear his thoughts and understand my role.

“I have a three-year contract and I want to stay in the Premier League with this shirt.”

Giaccherini also claimed that he felt the season was, on the whole, a decent one for the Mackems. “It was a positive season – we reached our goal, that of survival, and we arrived in the final of the Capital One Cup and the quarter-final of the FA Cup,” he said.

“From my point of view, I scored five goals and assisted five more, and played 31 games, and I was satisfied with that in my first year, even though I could definitely play more.”

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