Emanuele Giaccherini insists he is “happy to stay” at Sunderland since, he claims, clubs in his native Italy are unable to match his “very high salary”.
The former Juventus star only joined the Black Cats last summer and has three years left on his contract.
He has struggled to make an impact on Wearside, having completed 90 minutes on just eight occasions.
On a further 15, he was substituted before the final whistle and he came off the bench nine times, including in five of the last six games of the season.
He did score five goals.
Yet, despite failing to make the cut for Cesare Prandelli’s World Cup squad and recent speculation linking him with a return to Serie A – and Napoli in particular – Giaccherini said: “I’m happy to stay at Sunderland and I have three more years on my contract.
“Right now I do not think of the market.
“Certainly, 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.”
As such, Giaccherini seems certain to join Sunderland’s pre-season trip to Portugal, confirmed yesterday, at the end of July and the beginning of August – which will include three warm-up games details which have yet to be finalised.
Meanwhile, Black Cats head coach Gus Poyet has lifted the lid on the footballing philosophy behind his side’s Premier League ‘great escape’.
He said: “I think we demand to care about the ball, first and foremost.
“We don’t treat the ball badly, we don’t want it to be upset with us. You need to adapt, to the players, the style the fans want, but always remembering to play the game the right way.
“I think the idea is the more you get the ball the more you take it away from the opposition. The more you attack, the less you defend. It’s simple.
“Some people think it’s a risk but I think to win in any sport you have to take risks. You won’t convince everybody but this year has shown me it works in the Premier League, which pleases me.”