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Round-up: Players Speak

A couple of our players have talked about their futures, while a new signing explains why he signed.

Mark Runnacles

Every time Emanuele Giaccherini speaks to the Italian press it seems like he has to clarify his future at Sunderland, which has proved to be the case once again. Speaking about his belief that Juventus manager Antonio Conte should be the next Italy manager, he was asked about rumours linking him with a move to AS Roma;

What are the chances of seeing you at Roma?

I do not know. For the moment I have three year contract with Sunderland and it's difficult to leave the Premier League.

You did not say zero chance though.

I say now, for the moment there is no chance.

So the Italian international has once again confirmed that he will be remaining at Sunderland but we can no doubt look forward to similar sentiments next week.

David Moberg Karlsson has also spoken about his future. Speaking to, Moberg Karlsson explained that although he didn't play as much as he liked, his loan move to Kilmarnock was still a positive appearance, and despite talk of him not having a future at the Stadium of Light, he still hopes to grab his big chance in the Premier League with both hands;

It may be seen as a failure [the loan spell at Kilmarnock], I played two games and there were two more than what I played in Sunderland.

Well it was good in a way and it's an experience to have been in Scotland too. An entire failure, it was not, but I was hoping for more playing time.

The first year has been tough and there now appears to be many "moment of truth" headlines.

I do not feel pressured. I do not care what is written. I've received a whopping chance that I of course try to take.

Finally, Costel Pantilimon has explained that he chose to sign for Sunderland after Gus Poyet laid out his future plans for the club;

I can say it was a very quick transfer. I had some discussion with the coach, convinced me really fast and how to question, how to talk to me, and presented all the future plans of the team.

It convinced me very fast, I'm sure that I'll find good stuff there. It's very important to me as an ambitious man with very big desire to make [good] performances.

It's a team not at the same level of City, but a team that wants to achieve great things.

Pantilimon will have his work cut out beating Vito Mannone to the number one spot but both players pushed hard for a first team spot should only be a positive thing for the club.

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