Emanuele Giaccherini has outlined his hope at making Italy’s World Cup squad, and his gratitude to Antonio Conte.
The diminutive midfielder is now on the books at Sunderland and, whilst he has dropped to the bench in recent weeks for the Premier League side, he hopes that his recent call-up by Cesare Prandelli to face Spain was an indication of what might come in the summer.
“To me I believe there is great esteem, because I was always called up to the national team when I was not a regular at Juve and I hope I have given Prandelli everything he has needed, Giaccherini has commented this week to FoxSport.
“Italy has great players who are playing well, it is a great group. It will be difficult, here I hope to be able to eventually prove that I deserve to be a part of this group. I’ll do everything to be there.”
The 28-year-old considered the influence Antonio Conte has had on him, from their time working together at Juventus.
“I will always carry with me what Conte taught me, he brought me to a very important club. He has given me so much, taught me so much and I arrived at the national team thanks to him.
“For me he was a very important person. When you leave a great team there is always regret, especially when you are happy in the group.
“Certainly I was sorry to leave Juventus, but in life you always have to make choices and you should never regret what you do.”