Agent of Sunderland winger Emanuele Giaccherini confirms he is staying at club

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The Italian international has struggled with fitness this season.

Sunderland midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini is going nowhere this summer, as confirmed by his agent. Furio Valcareggi told Tutto Mercato Web today that, with Sunderland staying up, the Italian is to remain at the Stadium of Light. He stated:

“He will remain at Sunderland.

“The squad has achieved safety and now that he has recovered from his injury I won’t exclude that [Italy coach, Antonio] Conte will also remember about him."

The 30-year-old was a shock signing back in 2013. He arrived from Juventus for a fee reported by The Mirror to be in the £6.5 million region. He came as a regular in the Italian national team, but it has not been a great time on Wearside for the player.

The Italian, who has 21 caps for the Azzurri, played 32 times in his first season at the club, scoring five goals.

However 2014-15 has been spent mainly on the physio table. He has played just 10 games, and scored no goals, in a disappointing campaign.

In February he picked up a bad ankle injury which saw him ruled out for most of the remainder of the season.

He has been linked with a switch to struggling Italian giants AC Milan recently, but on that subject his agent was also unequivocal - he is going nowhere:

Milan? It is not a winning project. They must look after costs and now coaches are not joining Milan. The project can’t be to become older and if you come second you lose.”

Sunderland fans will hope he can get himself fit and show some of the talent that made them splash the cash on the player just two years ago.

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