Emanuele Giaccherini has praised Juventus boss Antonio Conte for making his move to Sunderland possible.
The Italian international has completed a €7.5m transfer to the English club today after a couple of successful seasons in Turin.
“I thank Coach Conte who gave me the opportunity to emerge in these two years, to get to where I have arrived,” the versatile midfielder told Sky Sport Italia.
“I think most of the credit for that belongs to him. I thank him and I’ll do that over the telephone too.”
Having relied on Conte over the last 24 months, the former Cesena man has underlined how vital Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio will be for him in the future.
“I spoke with Di Canio yesterday and I think he will be fundamental for me seeing as I don’t know the language very well,” he added.
“I’m feeling some beautiful sensations. I arrive here with great enthusiasm, a desire to do well, to start again. This is a wonderful adventure.
“The Premiership is the most beautiful in the world so it will be wonderful and exciting. I’ll try to give my best.”
Giaccherini is hoping to immediately settle into his new surroundings given that Brazil 2014 is on the horizon.
“I’ve reached the national side and I want to keep a tight grip on that. Hopefully this new adventure will push me to get to the World Cup.”
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