Defender Praises Departing Midfielder

Carlos Cuellar has praised Alfred N'Diaye and has queried Sunderland's decision to let him go.

Alfred N'Diaye completed his loan move to Real Betis yesterday, the player had been on loan at Turkish side Eskiseherspor but contractual issues saw N'Diaye move to the struggling La Liga side until the end of the season.

After his move was completed, his former Sunderland teammate Carlos Cuellar spoke on Radio Sevilla to praise the popular midfielder;

He is a powerful player, with a great stride, allowing him to get into the opposition box.

Covers a lot of ground, retrieves balls and, despite his height and physical strength, has good ball control.

Seen more as a central midfielder, even though he can also play central defence.

The Spanish defender then spoke on his surprise at the 23-year-old Senegalese international's departure;

I played with him since he arrived and I didn't really understand his departure. These things can happen when a coach is changed.

He is a hard-working and responsible guy, I had no problems with him at all.

Betis had hoped to sign N'Diaye in the summer, when their then manager (and current West Brom boss) Pepe Mel had hoped to sign him to add strength to their midfield but after the Spanish side thought they had clinched his signature, Eskiseherspor came in with a superior financial offer and the presence of his former Bursaspor manager Ertuğrul Sağlam saw the Frenchman head to Turkey.

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