Jeremain Lens: Why I turned back on Champions League to join Sunderland

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Jeremain Lens believes he has made a progressive step in his career by joining Sunderland.

Lens has turned his back on Champions League football with Dynamo Kiev to sample his first taste of the Premier League after completing an £8million move to the Stadium of Light.

The Dutch international becomes Sunderland’s biggest outlay of the summer so far and renews acquaintances with head coach Dick Advocaat, who he worked with at former club PSV Eindhoven.

And Lens, who will now join up with the rest of the Sunderland squad here in North America, is eagerly awaiting the chance to test himself in English football after penning a four-year deal.

“I’m very happy to be a Sunderland player,” said Lens.

“I think it is a good club and it is a great step for me to play in the Premier League.

“I followed the team last season following the arrival of Dick Advocaat and we have a good team, so as I said I’m really happy to be here.

“I’ve played for the Dutch national team and played a lot of games in Europe, but the Premier League is the main test so it will be really good to play some games here.

“I can play on the left wing, on the right wing and also as a forward, my qualities are that I’m fast, I can score goals and I can create chances so I hope that the supporters will see a lot of my qualities this season.”