New Sunderland star explains Juventus exit

Emanuele Giaccherini has explained why he left Italian champions Juventus to join Sunderland this summer.

Giaccherini joined the Black Cats in a €7.5million deal.

“Leaving Juventus was a very difficult decision to make,” he said.

“It was hard because I left many friends, teammates 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.

“I considered a number of factors and not just the economical one. It was a lifestyle choice too, that allows me to play with more regularity.”

“A player needs to look inside himself,” he added. “Perhaps pride played a part in the move, because I wanted to become a protagonist in a team again.

“Not that I wasn’t at Juventus, because I always looked to contribute when asked to do so, but I wanted to play more often.”

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