Transfer news: Sunderland midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini cools Juventus talk

Emanuele Giaccherini: Has cooled speculation linking him with a return to Juventus

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Sunderland playmaker Emanuele Giaccherini has played down speculation linking him with a return to Juventus.

The 28-year-old only made the switch to Wearside from the Italian giants last summer, although reports have suggested that he was unsettled in England.

Giaccherini has made 17 Premier League appearances for the Black Cats so far this season and he says that, despite the rumours, he is focused on Sunderland's battle against relegation.

"I feel good in England, even if things could go better," he told Radio DeeJay.

"We will see in May what will happen, but for the moment the most important thing is getting safety.

"It's normal to be missing the city of Turin and Italy, especially when you leave a club where you won two scudettos, where you felt good and that allowed you to get into the national team.

"I'd always be grateful to coach Antonio Conte. I spoke with him twice before moving to Sunderland.

"He did everything to keep me, but then the club and the player had to make certain evaluations. My close future remains in England."

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