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Conte sad to see Giaccherini go

11 July 2013 16:47

Antonio Conte has admitted he is disappointed to see Emanuele Giaccherini leave Juventus as the midfielder prepares to join Sunderland.

The 28-year-old Italy international has been with the Serie A champions since 2011 but Juventus are now looking to recoup some of the money they have spent in the close-season transfer market.

Juve manager Conte has already signed big earners Fernando Llorente and Carlos Tevez ahead of the 2013-14 campaign and it is believed the Turin-based club have accepted a bid of around £7 million for Giaccherini from Sunderland.

"I've got a strong bond with my lads, so it's always sad if anyone leaves. But I do understand the need to balance the books," he said.

Conte also confirmed his excitement at the acquisitions of Llorente and Tevez and hopes the strike duo will help the club to win the league title for the third consecutive season.

"Bolstering our strikeforce with Tevez and Llorente for just nine million (euros) is an extraordinary achievement. The club is working well," he added.

"Winning is difficult, winning again is extremely tough, doing it three times would be something historic.

"We haven't won three titles in a row since 1935, and are fully aware of the tough challenges that await us."

The title holders will commence their pre-season preparations on Friday ahead of their first friendly against neighbouring Saint Vincent on July 17.

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