Giaccherini: I have no intention of leaving Sunderland

The winger says he is happy at the Stadium of Light after the club secured their Premier League status and is not thinking about a possible exit ahead of the transfer window
Emanuele Giaccherini has no intention of leaving Sunderland after just one season in the Premier League.

The 29-year-old has been linked with a return to his homeland throughout the campaign, despite only joining Sunderland from Serie A champions Juventus in August.

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Fiorentina and Genoa have been credited with an interest in Giaccherini, but the Italy international says he wants to remain at the Stadium of Light after coach Gus Poyet preserved Sunderland's top-flight status.

"It's still early for me to be thinking about my future," Giaccherini, who scored four goals in 24 appearances as Sunderland avoided relegation by five points, told

"I am on holiday but my intention is definitely to remain at Sunderland.

"I am happy at the club and when it is the right time I will talk to the boss in order to hear his thoughts on my role.

"I have three years of contract and I want to remain in the Premier League, wearing this shirt."

Giaccherini was a high-profile signing at the start of the season, joining Sunderland on a four-year deal during Paolo Di Canio's brief tenure in charge.