Despite being playing a part in pre-season, it appears as if Alfred N'Diaye doesn't feature in Gus Poyet's long term plans, with Sunderland's head coach confirmed the midfielder is close to a return to Spanish side Real Betis;
Speaking after Sunderland's 2-0 win against Betis at Heritage Park, Poyet said he was surprised that the deal was not already done but is sure it will go ahead in the near future;
At times I was convinced it was done. How it is not, I'd love to explain it.
I would love it for Betis because he can give them a crucial presence in midfield.
The guy knows where he stands with us and, God willing, will be a Betis player in the coming hours. It seemed done two days ago but I think it may end in a good way.
N'Diaye is also hoping the move goes ahead, despite interest from other clubs;
The only club that I would play for in the second division is Betis, if another club from level I would say no at straight away, but Betis is Betis.
I know they are making a very strong economic effort to make the offer they presented to me and that is something I treasure.
The truth is that I want to make a decision now so my future is clear. My brother knows what I want. We do have other offers from Spain and Turkey, in addition to Betis.
I wish it was done, but we have to wait. Things are not done until everything is signed. Betis are a top team for me. I was treated very well and was very much at home. All my colleagues have asked me come back. This is normal, there is much talk about it.
Sunderland have accepted the Spanish club's offer of around £1.5m plus add-ons and should his move to Betis be completed he will follow El-Hadji Ba out of the exit door, after the French midfielder completed a season-long loan to SC Bastia.
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