Sunderland winger Emanuele Giaccherini admits he agonised over his decision to leave Juventus.

The midfielder left Juve and Champions League football over the summer.

"Leaving Juventus was a very difficult decision to make," he said from Italy's training base on Wednesday.

"It was hard because I left many friends, teammates and a Coach in Antonio Conte who made a difference to my career.

"I'm happy with the choice I made though even if I had to give up a top club like Juve.

"I considered a number of factors and not just the economical one. It was a lifestyle choice too, that allows me to play with more regularity."

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