EMANUELE GIACCHERINI insists he is relishing life under Paolo Di Canio, despite Sunderland’s disappointing start to the campaign.
Summer signing Giaccherini is yet to savour victory as a Sunderland player, with the Black Cats taking a solitary point from their opening three games.
But the £6.5million winger says he has no regrets about swapping Italian giants Juventus for the prospect of regular first-team football at the Stadium of Light.
The 28-year-old believes Di Canio has helped him to settle into his role at Sunderland too, comparing the Black Cats head coach with his former Juventus manager Antonio Conte.
Giaccherini, currently with the Italy squad ahead of World Cup qualifiers against Bulgaria and the Czech Republic, said: “To leave Juventus was a tough decision, but I decided to choose Sunderland to have more opportunity to play regularly.
“I’m happy with Sunderland and we deserved to win the first match against Fulham. Di Canio is like Conte and I feel good with him.
“I’m happy with the choice I made even if I had to give up a top club like Juve.
“I considered a number of factors and not just the economical one. It was a lifestyle choice too, that allows me to play with more regularity.”
Giaccherini was used in just 17 Serie A outings by Juventus last season, despite being a regular part of the Italian set-up.
And with the next summer’s World Cup on the horizon, he admits that he couldn’t afford to continue in a bit-part role.
“Leaving Juventus was a very difficult decision to make,” added Giaccherini.
“It was hard because I left many friends, team-mates and a coach in Antonio Conte who made a difference to my career.
“A player needs to look inside himself. Perhaps pride played a part in the move because I wanted to become a protagonist in a team again.
“Not that I wasn’t at Juventus, because I always looked to contribute when asked to do so, but I wanted to play more often.
“I spoke to (Cesare) Prandelli (Italy manager) and he told me to remain calm. He said he would keep calling me up, whoever I was playing for, if I continued to do well.”