Sunderland signing: I left Juventus because of playing time
The 28-year-old Italian international joined the Black Cats this summer for€6.5 million from the Bianconeri, leading to coach Antonio Conte declaring his sale as a frustrating but necessary move due to the difficult economic times in Italian football.
“I considered a number of factors and not just the economical one. It was a lifestyle choice too, the move allows me to play with more regularity,” the midfielder told reporters at the Italy training camp.
“A player needs to look inside himself. Perhaps pride played a part in the move, because I wanted to become a protagonist in a team again.
“Not that I wasn’t at Juventus, because I always looked to contribute when asked to do so, but I wanted to play more often.”