Emanuele Giaccherini's agent confirms client will return to Sunderland in the summer

The Italian international is currently on loan at Bologna.

Sunderland outcast Emanuele Giaccherini will not be leaving the club until after his contract with the club expires in the summer of 2017.

The Italian international is currently an outcast at The Stadium of Light after it became clear he did not feature in the plans of former boss Dick Advocaat and an injury ravaged 2014-15.

Now his agent Furio Valcareggi has told Radio Nettuno in Italy, as translated by the Sunderland Echo:

"Giaccherini is happy in Bologna but in June he will be going back to Sunderland.

“He has another year of his contract left with the Black Cats, and after then we will see.”

Giaccherini was a shock transfer coup for Sunderland back in 2013. He arrived from Juventus for a fee reported by The Mirror to be in the £6.5 million region.

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

However 2014-15 was spent mainly on the physio table. He played just 11 games, and scored no goals, in a disappointing campaign.

He was sent out on loan to Bologna this summer where he has played six times for the club so far and has scored two goals in his last two appearances.

A lot could change by the summer. Sunderland might have been relegated or Sam Allardyce might have led them to survival and have his eyes on Giaccherini playing a first-team role.

But it seems that the Italian is happy to remain a Sunderland player until his contract expires.

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