Transfer news: Sunderland's Emanuele Giaccherini plays down Napoli links
Emanuele Giaccherini insists he is happy to stay at Sunderland next season despite reports of interest from Napoli.
Last Updated: 06/06/14 3:36pm
Giaccherini joined the Black Cats last summer in a £6.5million transfer from Juventus, but the 29-year-old claims teams in Italy would struggle to match his Premier League salary should he move back to his home country.
The Italy international struggled to make an impact in his first Premier League season and, despite scoring five goals, completed 90 minutes on only eight occasions.
Due to his failure to secure regular action under Guy Poyet, Giaccherini did not earn a place in Italy manager Cesare Prandelli's 2014 World Cup squad.
And despite speculation linking him with a move to Coppa Italia winners Napoli, Giaccherini claims he is happy to stay at Sunderland.
"Right now I do not think of the market," said Giaccherini, who has three years left on his Sunderland contract.
"Napoli are one of the most important teams in Serie A, but I have a very high salary and am not convinced I can have those conditions in Italy."