Sunderland’s bid to re-sign Yann M’Vila has taken a fresh twist after the Rubin Kazan midfielder has returned to his native France.
The Black Cats pursuit of last season’s loanee M’Vila has stalled over recent weeks, with Kazan demanding a hefty transfer fee for the 26-year-old, despite only six months remaining on his contract.
Sunderland remain eager to reunite with M’Vila, as does the player himself, after he made comments on social media earlier this week reiterating that he wants to return to Wearside.
Kazan see no future for the French international at the club and he was not included in the squad that flew to Austria earlier this month for a pre-season training camp.
And M’Vila, along with compatriot Chris Mavinga - also surplus to requirements after spending last season on loan, has now been given permission to return to his homeland.
Kazan claim this is due to a visa issue after the pair returned late to pre-season training last month due to paperwork issues.
But there have been reports in France that M’Vila and Mavinga were not happy at being left to train alone, or with the training facilities at the club.
Furthermore, neither have yet applied for a fresh visa.
However, despite the fractured relationship, Kazan have been in no rush to sell the £100,000 a week M’Vila, with the Russian club very secure financially and prepared to play hard ball over the transfer fee.
That has been the factor which has delayed the deal so far and could well see it drag on until the latter stages of the transfer window.
M’Vila, himself, publicly confirmed during the latter stages of last season’s loan that he wanted to stay at Sunderland after reviving his career at the Stadium of Light.
And he again appeared to stress those views in comments from his Instagram account this week.
When asked if he would return to Sunderland, he said (sic): “I want mate, but its not my choice.
“I want Sunderland not another club but the choice is Sunderland.”