Sunderland WON'T be signing Yann M'Vila in January

Sunderland have confirmed they won't be signing Yann M'Vila in January because the midfielder no longer wishes to return to Wearside.

Wednesday, 7th December 2016, 6:34 pm
Updated Wednesday, 14th December 2016, 12:48 pm
Yann M'Vila in action for Sunderland

A pre-contract agreement for a three-and-a-half-year deal had been agreed for M'Vila to join Sunderland on a permanent deal when his deal runs out at Russian side Rubin Kazan in January.

But Sunderland's chief executive Martin Bain has now confirmed M'Vila, who enjoyed a successful loan spell at the Stadium of Light last season, won't be returning.

Bain says M'Vila no longer wants to return and after discussions with manager David Moyes it was agreed not to enforce the contract.

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M'Vila is reported to have been offered a new deal to stay with cash-rich Rubin, where he is understood to be on a big contract.

Bain said: "I was contacted this week by Yann M’Vila’s representatives, who advised that the player no longer wishes to join Sunderland.

"There was a three-and-a-half-year agreement in place, however after discussions with the manager we have decided not to enforce the contract.

"Any player that we bring to Sunderland Football Club must be wholly committed.

"Yann M’Vila will therefore not be joining us in January and we wish him well for the future."