Conte hoped to keep midfielder in Turin.
Sunderland new boy Emanuele Giaccherini has revealed that his manager at Juventus Antonio Conte would have kept him at the club if he could have, Sky Sports reports.
The winger, who joined the Black Cats back in July, told an Italian radio station that though he admired his former club, it was not the manager’s decision as to whether he stayed or went.
“I’ve lived two unforgettable years in Turin and if the decision was up to the coach, I’d have remained at Juventus,” he told Radio Mana Sport.
“The club evaluated all the offers that arrived and accepted Sunderland’s one. They preferred to let me leave.”
Giaccherini was also quick to pay tribute to the warm welcome he received from the club’s fans since his arrival before going into a discussion over the differences between the English Premier League and Italian Serie A.
“In the Premier League, the football is less technical but much more intense and aggressive,” he added.
“Stadiums are always full and the supporters have been absolutely fantastic.”
Having already qualified for the 2014 World Cup, Giaccherini is currently on international duty for Italy’s final two qualifying games against Denmark and Armenia.