Sunderland star defends switch

Emanuele Giaccherini (Sunderland)Sunderland’s Emanuele Gianccherini says that he is happy with his decision to quit Juventus for the Stadium of Light.

The Italian international completed a shock move to the Black Cats over the summer to play under compatriot Paolo Di Canio.

The deal was seen as quite a coup for the Mackems, with the 28-year-old having represented the Azzurri at the 2012 European Championships.

Giaccherini says that he is happy with the decision he made, although he confessed that it was difficult to leave Juventus.

“It’s a different league, to get to know, but I’m happy because I’ve started in a good way, even if results haven’t arrived,” he told Sky Sports.

“Leaving Juventus was a very difficult decision to make.

“It was hard because I left many friends, team-mates and a coach in Antonio Conte who made a difference to my career.

“I’m happy with the choice I made though even if I had to give up a top club like Juve.”

Giaccherini was one of 14 new arrivals at Sunderland, with Di Canio opting to make wholesale changes to the squad he inherited towards the end of the last campaign.

The left-sided player is able to play as a winger or in a more defensive role, giving the North East club plenty of options.

Giaccherini only joined Juve in 2011, and made almost 50 appearances for their first-team.

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