FABIO BORINI says Liverpool’s ex-Sunderland contingent endorsed his decision to join the Black Cats.
Striker Borini was one of two Italian internationals to arrive at the Stadium of Light before last night’s transfer deadline, with left-back Andrea Dossena also agreeing terms with Paolo Di Canio’s side.
Borini joins on a season-long loan from Liverpool and will replace Stephane Sessegnon in Sunderland’s attacking arsenal after the Benin international joined West Brom in a £6million deal.
The 22-year-old had fallen down the pecking order at Anfield this season and was made available on a temporary basis, despite Liverpool shelling out £10.5million for the former Chelsea youngster just 12 months ago.
And after speaking to Liverpool’s Sunderland old boys Simon Mignolet and Jordan Henderson, Borini was convinced he was right to make the move to Wearside.
“I asked them a few things about Sunderland, about the training ground, the fans and where I should live,” said Borini. “They gave me some advice and obviously Jordan is from Sunderland, so it’s his home.
“And Simon was really happy for me to come here because he said it would be the right place for me.
“I’m really looking forward to it.”
Borini admits he needed to play regular first-team football this season after being restricted to just five Premier League starts last year, albeit his campaign was put on ice for three months due to a foot injury.
The opportunity to work with Sunderland’s all-Italian management team also proved appealing for Borini, as he looks to force his way into contention for next summer’s World Cup.
“He (Di Canio) made an important movement for me because he looked for me and really wanted me here at the club,” added Borini to the Sunderland website.
“That showed me the desire from him to get me here to the club. I know the way he plays football so it’s good to be here.
“It’s the right place to come and play a good way of football. Working with an Italian manager and an all-Italian staff will hopefully be good for me.
“It feels good to make the move because I was waiting for it.
“I was waiting for my chance to play and I needed to play after a season of injuries.
“This was the best option for me. Playing every week is very important for me to get my achievements and goals for the season.”