Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio believes his new £6.5 million signing, Emanuele Giaccherini, is one of the "best players in Europe" for his tactical system, assuring fans of the club that they will "enjoy what they see from him".
Giaccherini has been capped 14 times by Italy and played a starring role in all of Italy's matches in the 2013 Confederations Cup, scoring one goal against Brazil and assisting Mario Balotelli's winning goal in their opener against Mexico.
The former Juventus winger, who can play as an attacking midfielder, helped his country to the bronze medal as he scored a vital penalty in the shootout against Uruguay.
Giaccherini was also part of the Italian 23-man squad for Euro 2012, winning his first cap in a 1-1 draw with World Cup champions and defending Euro champions Spain.
Giaccherini started his career with then-Serie C outfit Cesena, spending time out on loan to various clubs before eventually returning to a regular role within the squad, helping them to promotion to Serie A in the 2009/10 season.
He played one season for Cesena in the Serie A, scoring 7 goals in 36 League appearances which convinced Juventus manager Antonio Conte to sign the winger in an initial €3 million deal.
Under Conte's leadership the Old Lady went unbeaten in the 2011/12 League season - however Giaccherini saw his playing time much reduced and his form diminish as he managed only 1 goal in 23 League appearances.
The following season, he saw his playing time further reduced with new signings for the outfit from Turin eventually limiting the Italian to 17 League appearances, in which he scored 3 goals.
Faced with interest from Di Canio's Sunderland, Antonio Conte reluctantly sold Giaccherini in a £6.5 million transfer, stating it was a "shame" that he could not keep the diminuative man.
Where Conte's shame was present, Di Canio's delight prevailed after sealing a four-year contract for the Italian who became Sunderland's ninth signing of the summer.
The former Swindon manager hailed Giaccherini whilst speaking to the official club website, stating that "he's one of the best players in Europe" to suit his system and that "there are not many wingers with his intelligence or ability to interpret the role".
Perhaps together the Italian duo will do the job for Sunderland.
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