Emanuele Giaccherini has claimed that Juventus boss Antonio Conte wanted him to stay in Turin this summer.
The Italy international left the Bianconeri for Sunderland, but the midfielder has insisted that the Coach was desperate to see him remain.
"I've lived two unforgettable years in Turin and if the decision was up to the Coach, I'd have remained at Juventus," he told Radio Mana Sport.
"The club evaluated all the offers that arrived and accepted Sunderland's one. They preferred to let me leave."
Giaccherini though, was quick to praise the Black Cats’ fans.
"In the Premier League, the football is less technical but much more intense and aggressive.
"Stadiums are always full and the supporters have been absolutely fantastic."