EMANUELE Giaccherini has spoken for the first time of his disappointment at missing out on Italy’s World Cup squad.
But he says losing his international place has not stopped him wanting to stay at Sunderland next season.
The 29-year-old left Italian champions Juventus last summer as a current Italian international and a player personally championed by Azzurri boss Cesare Prandelli.
He hoped his career would be enhanced by a £6.5million move to the Black Cats.
But he failed to earn a regular place in a misfiring Sunderland side and although he played his part with five goals and five assists, it wasn’t enough to keep him in Prandelli’s plans.
Although the Italian manager did not let Giaccherini know in advance that he would not be going to Brazil, the Sunderland midfielder has accepted his omission with good grace.
“I have not been called, but I know that the coach had said that none of those excluded would have been contacted,” said the Italian attacker.
“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.
“I also want to show respect for the guys who are going to the finals.”
Giaccherini, meanwhile, says he expects to stay at Sunderland and offer more of a contribution next season.
“For the future, who knows, but certainly my intention is to stay at Sunderland,” added Giaccherini.
“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 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.”