Italian international reflects on his time with Juventus.
New Sunderland signing Emanuele Giaccherini has revealed his excitement at joining what he describes as the “best league in the world”.
The 28-year-old signed a four-year deal at the Stadium of Light on Monday, and is eager to get started with his new club as he looks to establish himself in the national team ahead of the World Cup next summer.
Giaccherini paid tribute to former boss Antonio Conte, and also expects new coach Paolo Di Canio to be an integral part of his ability to settle in his new surroundings.
“I am full of enthusiasm and want to do good things as part of this adventure,” he told Sky Sport Italia as reported by Goal.com.
“I want to thank [Juventus] coach Antonio Conte. In the last two years he has given me the possibility to shine and make a name for myself here.
“A big part of my success is down to him. I thank him for that and will do so personally in the next few days.
“I have got into the national team now and I want to stay there. I will do everything for that. I hope this new adventure can push me to the World Cup. I will do my best playing in the English championship, which is the best in the world.
“Yesterday I spoke with Paolo Di Canio. For me, due to the fact that I don’t know the language, he will be a fundamental reference point – especially on the field.”
Giaccherini played a limited role during his time in Turin, making just 17 league appearances last season as the club went on to secure back-to-back titles.
Nevertheless, the versatile midfielder impressed during the Confederations Cup last month, scoring against the hosts in their group meeting, while producing some solid performances thereafter.
The Italian international will hope to secure regular first-team football with the Black Cats and become a success in England.
Given his workmanlike attitude it is expected that he will impress, but one of the main criticisms levelled at the player during his time in Italy is whether or not he has the requisite quality to become an integral part of a starting eleven.