Giaccherini: I’m too expensive for Italy

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Sunderland winger Emanuele Giaccherini doesn't believe he could return to Serie A because his wage demands are too high.

Despite regular suggestions that he could return to his homeland, Emanuele Giaccherini seems to be staying at Sunderland.

Sunderland pulled off a transfer coup when they signed the Italian international winger from Juventus last summer, but he didn't quite deliver as expected in the Premier League.

Giaccherini admitted he was surprised to not receive more playing time last season, but has stressed that he is happy at Sunderland.

But it may also be that the wages he is commanding at Sunderland could not be matched in Serie A because even the top clubs don't have huge financial resources at present.

"What would I say if Napoli called me? They are a big club and one of the best in Italy but I have a long-term contract here," Giaccherini told Radio Goal.

"I don't know whether in Italy they could guarantee me what I earn in England. I am happy at Sunderland and I will be staying here."

Although he featured regularly in qualification for the World Cup, Giaccherini didn't make it to Cesare Prandelli's squad, but he has no hard feelings.

"I will always thank Prandelli for the opportunities he has given me," Giaccherini insisted. "Now I will stay at home and support Italy - that's fine."

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