Sunderland midfielder: It was upsetting to leave Juventus
The 28-year-old left the Bianconeri earlier this summer to join the Black Cats and looked back on his time with the Italian champions with fondness.
“I had two great seasons with Juventus,” he told reporters upon his return to Italy for the Azzurri’s friendly against Argentina on Wednesday.
“From Cesena I went on to win two Scudetto’s, to becoming a runner-up for the Euros and to playing in the Confederations Cup in Brazil.
“Now I will even get to meet the Pope. It is all fantastic. It was upsetting to leave Juve but there was this opportunity with Sunderland and together we decided it would be a good thing for me.
“Could [Fabio] Quagliarella join me? I can only say that I am doing great there, then it is up to Fabio to decide.”
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