Younes Kaboul can’t wait to meet up with Sunderland team

Younes Kaboul.
Younes Kaboul.
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Younes Kaboul will immediately fly out to join his new Sunderland team-mates in Canada after completing his switch to the Stadium of Light.

Kaboul today put pen to paper on a four-year deal at the Stadium of Light, just 24 hours after Sunderland’s £3million bid was accepted by Tottenham, following the collapse of the Black Cats’ pursuit of Belgian international Nicolas Lombaerts.

The whirlwind will continue for Kaboul, with the French international flying out to North America tomorrow, ahead of Sunderland’s six-day stint in Toronto.

“I can’t wait to join them,” said Kaboul.

“I only started training last Monday. I’ve been doing some bits and pieces, so from tomorrow I’m fully focused on the team.

“I hope I will settle very quickly with the lads and kick on straightaway.

“Everything went very quick, but at the end I’m very happy to be here.

“It’s a great chance and good opportunity to come and play for Sunderland.

“I can’t wait to meet my new team-mates and to kick on on the first day.”

Kaboul was appointed Spurs captain last summer, before falling out of favour under boss Mauricio Pochettino after an injury-hit campaign.

But the 29-year-old hopes his leadership qualities can complement the host of experienced heads already in the Sunderland dressing room.

“I had some good times and bad times at Spurs, but overall I’ve got very good memories,” he added.

“But now it’s behind me and I’m looking forward to starting a new challenge.

“There’s some good leadership here like John O’Shea, whose been a long time at Man United.

“You’ve got Seb Larsson, Jermain Defoe, Lee Cattermole, so I’m delighted to join them here.

“I hope we can have a healthy season.”