Giaccherini is determined to be a success on these shores and is taking every opportunity to improve his grasp of English.
"Giaccy has really worked hard in training and he's one of the fittest guys at the club," Ball told the Sunderland Echo.
"He's very eager and wanting to settle into the way we do things.
"He's learning English all the time.
"Sometimes I say to him 'do you understand?' and I have that look from him as if to say 'I really don't!'.
"Then one of the other boys is brilliant and they'll help to translate and get him to understand.
"He's carries a little book with him because he wants to learn English and wants to fit in."
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