Coates sought advice from the Liverpool striker who also spent time in the North East
Borini had a spell on loan from the Stadium of Light himself last term where he scored 10 goals for the Wearsiders in all competitions as they avoided relegation from the Premier League and reached the League Cup final.
The Italian may have turned down a permanent move from Anfield to the Stadium of Light but it didn't stop him from recommending the club to the Uruguayan defender.
Coates is quoted in the Shields' Gazette, saying: “I talked with Fabio.
“He said that it’s a great club, the training ground is amazing and he told me about the city and the supporters.
“It was good for me to hear that from him."
The 23-year-old didn't get much game time at Anfield, and last season suffered a knee injury, but with so many defenders ahead of him in the pecking order on Merseyside, he made the move to the Stadium of Light with the aim of getting some more game time in the Premier League.
Borini, however, knew his opportunities were going to be limited on Merseyside but decided to stay and fight for his place. So far he has been given two opportunities from the bench in the Premier League clash against Aston Villa, and in the Champions League game against Ludogorets. In the latter of the two games he had more of an impact.
Coates will be hoping to break into the Sunderland side and get a consistent run in the team. During his time at Liverpool, there was undoubtedly talent there but it seemed to be overlooked when it came to him making more rash decisions and clumsy tackles. A regular spell in the side should help to address that particular issue.