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Giaccherini has no exit plans

Emanuele Giaccherini claims missing out on a World Cup place will not force him towards the exits at Sunderland.

A testing domestic campaign at the Stadium of Light - his first since completing a switch from Juventus - has led to Giaccherini being overlooked by Italy coach Cesare Prandelli.

The 29-year-old admits he had been hoping for more from himself and says he has no complaints at having missed out on a ticket to Brazil.

He said in the Sunderland Echo: "For me, it definitely was a disappointment to be left out because all players in the national team dream of participating in the World Cup.

"But I accept with serenity the decision of the coach. Mr Prandelli is free to make the choices that he considers most appropriate.

"I want to emphasise that I will always be grateful to him because he is the coach who gave me the chance to play in the national team."

Giaccherini is also eager to make it clear that he will not be looking to leave Sunderland when the transfer window re-opens, with it his intention to make a success of his time in England.

He added: "For the future, who knows, but certainly my intention is to stay at Sunderland.

"In my club I'm fine and I'll talk with the coach when the time comes to hear his thoughts and understand my role.

"I have a three-year contract and I want to stay in the Premier League with this shirt.

"It was a positive season - we reached our goal, that of survival, and we arrived in the final of the Capital One Cup and the quarter-final of the FA Cup.

"From my point of view, I scored five goals and assisted five more, and played 31 games, and I was satisfied with that in my first year, even though I could definitely play more."