Wantaway Sunderland outcast Emanuele Giaccherini's agent slams Dick Advocaat, claims client could stay

Dick Advocaat

The Italian international wants a move to Bologna.

Sunderland have stayed in the Premier League after picking up a 3-0 win over Everton in midweek. Sam Allardyce’s men had looked in serious peril but now the planning must begin for next season.

One big decision that will have to be made will be regarding the future of Italian attacker Emanuele Giaccherini.

The winger was loaned out to Bologna in the summer, where he has been a big hit.

He has even won himself a place back in the Italian national team and it remains to be seen whether Sunderland want to keep him.

Speaking about his client to TuttoMercatoWeb this week the Sunderland star’s agent Furio Valcareggi stated:

"The good news is that Sunderland are safe.

"We will talk with Sunderland and verify their intentions. Now we are also focused on the Euros.

"If Giaccherini is selected (for Italy) and does well, we do not know how Sunderland will react."

He then went on to criticise former Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat, who sent Giaccherini out on loan in the summer:

"It was Advocaat who did not want to keep him at Sunderland and I wonder why: I do not know how Advocaat plays, who knows, maybe with three balls ... I repeat, if he does well at the Euros he will be very popular."

Giaccherini himself spoke earlier this week of his desire to stay at Bologna. He was quoted by Football Italia as telling Il Resto del Carlino:

“I don’t think Sunderland can ask for too much to let me leave.

“Both because my value has decreased by now and because in a year’s time I’ll be out of contract.

“I want to stay here and I won’t change ideas, even if a club comes in who offer me a bigger contract."

He has been in fine form this season, playing 27 times for Bologna and scoring seven goals – including against the likes of AC Milan, Lazio and Fiorentina.

Giaccherini was a shock 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. However, he struggled with injury problems during his time at the Stadium of Light.

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