Giaccherini 'not seeking Serie A return'
Sunderland midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini will not be returning to Serie A during the January transfer window, his agent has said.
Giaccherini, 28, joined Sunderland from Juventus in the summer at a cost of 7.5 million euros but there has been speculation that the Italy international could move back to his home country next month.
However, agent Giulio Marinelli insists the player intends to remain on Wearside.
“These are just baseless rumours,” Marinelli told the Italian press, according to the Sunderland Echo. “Emanuele is happy in England. He has settled well both in the team and in the English way of life.
“The Premier League is a beautiful competition, perhaps the best in Europe. The stadiums are great and the quality of life is exceptional. The only drawback at this time is the team’s performance but the squad is good and I am convinced that they will climb up the table. His personal goal is still to go to the World Cup.”
Giaccherini has made 13 starts this season but has recently fallen out of favour. Even so, new Sunderland boss Gus Poyet made clear last month that he views the player favourably as he suggested he could play a similar role to the Uruguayan’s former Chelsea teammate Gianfranco Zola.
“When we got close to the box at Chelsea, we gave it to Gianfranco Zola. He would always do something with it,” Poyet told the Echo. "That’s why he was so good because he would find the final pass, the shot or the runner. That’s quality.
“We’re trying to get Giaccherini to do that for us. We’ve seen him play for Italy and the position he played [in the 2-2 draw against Nigeria] where he linked things. We can improve as a team to use the characteristics of the players.”