Agent of Fabio Borini claims striker chose Sunderland over Inter Milan last summer

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The forward allegedly chose Sunderland over the Italian giants, and has no plans to leave the Stadium of Light this summer.

The agent of Sunderland striker Fabio Borini has claimed to tuttomercatoweb that he and the player chose a move to the Black Cats over a switch to Italian giants Inter Milan last summer, and suggests that the 25-year-old has no plans to leave the Stadium of Light this summer.

Borini moved to Wearside nine months ago from Liverpool, returning to the club where he spent a successful season on loan in 2013-14 during which he became something of a fan favourite.

Though he netted 10 times in 40 matches during that campaign, he has not been able to replicate the same level of success this term, and scored just five goals in 26 Premier League appearances as he found himself behind Jermain Defoe in the attacking pecking order.

He did become more heavily used under Sam Allardyce in the final months of the season, and scored two crucial goals in the club's battle against relegation - the injury-time equaliser against Crystal Palace at the start of March, and the second-half leveller in the eventual 3-2 win over Chelsea which helped put his side in a position to secure their survival.

However, it would seem as though Sunderland nearly missed out on their former loan star's return, with Borini's agent, Roberto De Fanti, claiming that they took the decision to turn down Inter Milan to instead return to the Stadium of Light.

De Fanti told tuttomercatoweb: "Last year, to tell the truth, Inter came close, but we chose to continue his adventure in the Premier League.

"I think he is content to play for his current club, I see no reason why he should go back to Italy."

Borini may not be the most prolific of strikers, with 24 goals from his 125 games in the UK with Chelsea, Swansea City, Liverpool, and Sunderland, but he has proven that h can be a useful player for Allardyce to have in his squad.

The Black Cats are likely to want to keep hold of the Italian to back up the firepower of Defoe next season as they aim to finally move clear of fighting relegation on a yearly basis.

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