Sunderland misfit Emanuele Giaccherini confirms he is staying at club after shock Italy call-up

The Italian international has suffered a string of injuries this season.

Sunderland misfit Emanuele Giaccherini has confirmed he will be staying at the club next season. His agent had already confirmed as much, but now the player himself has made it clear that he has business to finish in North East England.

He told Stile Juventus, as reported by TMW:

"I'll be again in Sunderland next year, I have had a very unlucky season, but I will be part of the Azzurri again and I'm really happy."

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.

But he recently returned to full fitness and swiftly received a shock call-up to the Italian national team for the upcoming fixtures with Croatia and Portugal.

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