Sunderland star hints at a desire to play for Chelsea

Emanuele Giaccherini has claimed that playing for Jose Mourinho would be ‘fantastic’.

Italian international Giaccherini has struggled since moving to Sunderland at the start of last season, but that hasn’t stopped him claiming to La Gazzetta dello Sport that a move to Chelsea would be great.

He has scored five goals and registered five assists in 42 games for the Black Cats, and, although he has registered an impressive appearance tally in his season-and-a-half at the Stadium of Light, he has not become the key player that many expected upon his arrival.

He has just seven games to his name in the Premier League this term, and has yet to score or assist a goal, and, although the Sunderland Echo claimed that Napoli were planning a January transfer for the midfielder, Giaccherini and head coach Gus Poyet expect him to stay on Wearside. In the same article, Poyet claimed that he will give the Italian more chances, and that his poor form was only down to an inability to adapt to Sunderland in his first season.

Considering his struggles, it is unlikely that any Premier League club would be willing to take a chance on Giaccherini, if he were set for an exit from the Stadium of Light. Despite his international pedigree, he has had little impact in the English top flight, and there is no predicting whether he will be a success at any club.

However, this has not deterred the player, who has told La Gazzetta dello Sport that a move to Chelsea to play with Jose Mourinho would be too good to turn down.

When asked whether he would want to play under Mourinho, Giaccherini responded: “It would be fantastic. Because he is Mourinho, and Mourinho is working at a great club.”

There is almost zero chance that the winger will ever play for Chelsea, especially with the club’s current form and attacking options, and his desire to play under Mourinho is clearly a pipe dream. However, it will do little for the Sunderland fans to know that one of their most talented players wants to be playing elsewhere.

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