Sunderland owner Stewart Donald appeared on the Jim White Show on TalkSPORT this morning and spent the majority of his time on air answering questions about Papy Djilobodji and Didier Ndong, the two players who are yet to return to the club to train since pre-season began in June.
Donald conceded that he has paid the last installment on the Ndong transfer fee to French club Lorient this morning, which was in excess of £3m.
He admitted that he has now paid off both deals in full, with the final payment to Chelsea - another huge sum - for Djilobodji paid last month.
He also added that whilst Papy Djilboodji did indeed report back to the Academy of Light after a 72 day exile, he hasn’t been seen since his initial meeting with them last week and that he said “you will never see me in Sunderland again” in his last direct conversation with the club.
Donald also noted that when contract terminations were mooted with the representatives of both players, suggestions were made that loyalty payments and agent fees were due soon and that if something could be done there, a termination may be possible.
The club are still taking legal advice on how to deal with both players, and this situation is sure to develop further over the coming days and weeks.