Saturday February 3 2018
Giaccherini: 'Chievo feels like debut'

Emanuele Giaccherini explains his decision to leave Napoli for Chievo on loan. “I feel as excited as on the day of my Serie A debut.”

The 32-year-old winger barely featured in a Partenopei jersey since his move in 2016 and pushed for a transfer to get more playing time.

“It was a long negotiation process, concluded on deadline day, and there was tension on all sides, but the President, the director and me all wanted the same thing,” said Giaccherini at his presentation.

“I have been inactive for a while, but will work hard to be at the disposal of the Coach. I feel as excited as on the day of my Serie A debut. The ugly period is behind me now and I feel like a child just starting out in the world of football. My enthusiasm and determination have always been defining characteristics and I bring those to Chievo now.”

Those qualities were in short supply at Napoli, where Giaccherini made only 24 competitive appearances in 18 months, playing for a grand total of only 504 minutes.

“I arrived at Napoli after being a protagonist at Euro 2016 with Italy, so I certainly expected a different journey. Nobody expected a situation like that, but I hit a brick wall in a moment of my career when I perhaps wasn’t seen in the right light.

“I don’t blame Maurizio Sarri, because he made his choices and I always respected them as a professional. Clearly, I couldn’t explain to myself what had gone wrong either.

“I like to shoulder responsibility and I’m happy to do that at Chievo, otherwise I would’ve remained on the bench at Napoli for another six months.

“I am fired up, eager to do well and to repay the faith that has been placed in me. I chose Chievo because they wanted me the most. They made it clear they wanted to sign me at all costs and, speaking to my wife, I told her I was leaning towards Chievo. I also spoke to some of my teammates who spoke very highly of the club.

“I hope to end my career at Chievo and also to find a second wind. I am 32 and believe I have another three or four years at a high level. I’ve got a lot to give.”

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