Sunderland’s new Number 9 Fabio Borini has spoken of his delight after returning to Wearside on a four-year contract.
The 24-year-old has left Liverpool for the Black Cats in a deal worth £8million.
And the emotional forward is looking forward to making his return to the Stadium of Light.
“I am delighted to be back at Sunderland,” said Borini.
“It is a club I know really well from my time here previously.
“It will be emotional for me to play at the Stadium of Light again and I can’t wait to get back on the pitch as a Sunderland player.”
The Italian began his career with Bologna before moving to Chelsea, where he rose through the ranks at Stamford Bridge to the first team.
He then enjoyed a loan spell with Swansea City, scoring six goals to help guide the Welsh side to the Barclays Premier League in 2011.
A return to his native Italy followed with Serie A giants Roma before making the move to Liverpool in 2012.
Borini made just four Premier League starts for Liverpool after declining Sunderland’s advances last summer, but it has been increasingly clear that his career on Merseyside was over.
The 24-year-old has been training away from the first-team squad this summer and while he turned Sunderland down 12 months ago, he has remained on good terms with Sunderland sporting director Lee Congerton.
Borini could make his return in the Black Cats’ home game against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday 13th September.