Giaccherini wants to stay

  • Last Updated: February 19 2014, 12:10 GMT

Emanuele Giaccherini has said that he is "happy" at Sunderland and does not plan on leaving at the end of the season.

Emanuele Giaccherini: Italian winger puts Sunderland above himself
Emanuele Giaccherini: Italian winger puts Sunderland above himself

The Italian winger has not featured for the Black Cats in the Premier League since New Year's Day and was linked with a move away from the Stadium of Light in January, with Parma and Fiorentina reportedly interested.

However, the 28-year-old, who moved to Sunderland from Juventus last summer, insists that he is focused on helping the North-East outfit avoid relegation and appreciates the decisions made by manager Gus Poyet in terms of team selection.

"I want to stay here," he told the Sunderland Echo. "I'm happy here.

"The gaffer has to do what he thinks is right and choose the best team. It's important that I train well and make the most of my chance when he asks me to start.

"(Fabio) Borini and (Adam) Johnson have both been playing well too. The important thing is Sunderland, not me.

"We have a lot of games now and it will be difficult for us to play every three days. But there are 25 players here.

"The gaffer has made a big difference and he knows when to use which players and change the team for the games.

"We saw that against Southampton. There are a lot of good players here and the gaffer can look at things for the next game."

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