Galatasary Winger Mourns The Loss Of Denayer
Lionel Carole, a French left winger who plays for Galatasaray, was in front of the media for the Turkish club's latest press conference today.
And, interestingly he was directly asked about Sunderland's on-loan man, Jason Denayer. The 21-year-old was at the Turkish giant last season and Galatasaray supporters fully expected him to return until a last minute opportunity presented itself for the defender to switch to the Stadium of Light.
The Turks remain in mourning for the loss of Denayer and so it is that Carole expressed his dismay at not seeing the Belgian's locks back in Istanbul:
I cried when Denayer could not come here. Jason Denayer is a good player...I hope Denayer will be back one day. He should play in Galatasaray. I'm sorry that Denayer did not come because he made a big contribution. I was also upset because he was a friend of mine.
Right-oh, we get the message.
David Moyes has a decision to make tomorrow on who to play in a holding midfield role at Swansea. With Jan Kirchhoff and Jason Denayer sharing the role last weekend against Leicester - playing 45 minutes each - the Sunderland boss will likely have to pick one to line up alongside Didier Ndong in the middle.
Moyes Takes A Swipe At M'Vila
In this morning's press conference, Sunderland boss David Moyes, was asked about the situation with Yann M'Vila. The Frenchman, who was on loan at the Stadium of Light last season, spoke this week of changing his mind about a return in January.
Asked about the 26-year-old midfielder's decision not to join Sunderland in the new year, Moyes said:
It was one of those things and that's where we are with it. His decision was his choice and if he chose not to join we have say 'Ok then'.
And in a thinly-veiled suggestion M'Vila likely didn't fancy a relegation battle for the club he was 'heartbroken' not to join last summer, Moyes has this to say:
We want people who are going to come here and fight. We're in a difficult position. We're trying to get players here who will want to be here for a long time.
Yann showed that he didn't want to be here for that period, he didn't want to be here.
The former French international had agreed to sign a permanent deal on a three-year contract with a rumoured pay-cheque of £70,000 per week to entice him from Russia.
Heartwarming stuff as Bradley Lowery's family receive a delivery of Christmas cards from well-wishers this morning....