DeAndre Yedlin: How my Sunderland deal was done

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New Sunderland signing DeAndre yedlin has spoken of his relief at joining the club on loan

Yedlin had been linked to more than a dozen teams from several European countries before Tottenham and Sunderland reached an agreement on the final day of the transfer window.

I’m relieved it’s over.

DeAndre Yedlin

“My agent texted and said call me as soon as you can,” said Yedlin, who moved from his hometown Seattle Sounders to Tottenham Hotspur of the Premier League in January.

“He said I think Sunderland may be a go.”

A few hours later, the loan deal to the Black Cats was confirmed.

“[They] sent the documents over and I signed and went to training (with the USA national squad),” Yedlin said. “I’m relieved its over.”

“This last month has been pretty stressful because there have been so many different teams that have come up and then gone,” he said.

“I have some sort of say but not a whole ton, so that was tough. But I’m glad where I ended up and I’m hoping to make the most out of it.”

“Obviously they’re a little bit lower on the table,” Yedlin said of Sunderland.

“I just felt like it was a good place for me to go.”

Yedlin added he’s not sure what position he will compete for at Sunderland. But with Billy Jones entrenched as manager Dick Advocaat’s starting right-back, a spot on the wing seems most likely.

Yedlin is happy that his new team is also in the Premier League.

“That’s huge,” he said. “It’s a league that you really have to get used to. It’s a tough league, so I think getting the experience of playing with a Premier League team, just getting hopefully consistent games will be huge for me.”