Vito Mannone has urged his new Sunderland team-mates to learn all they can from Paolo Di Canio after watching him from the stands as a child.
– Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone speaking to the club's official website
I remember [Paolo] playing for Milan.
He had a really good career with a few Italian clubs and in the UK as well, of course. He was a great player and you can only learn from great players.
He did great work at Swindon and a good job here at Sunderland also after he joined.
Of course, he is a hard worker and that's what I am too. It's something good to have in common.
I know how we work in our country - we like to work hard. Obviously it will be a good challenge and there will be some good work ahead of us.