Mangane eager to clinch permanent Sunderland deal

Kader Mangane.
Kader Mangane.
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By Chris Young

KADER MANGANE insists he will “give everything” to justify a permanent move to Sunderland next summer.

Mangane is desperate to make his dream move to the Premier League a success after arriving on loan until the end of the season from Saudi Arabian outfit Al-Hilal last week.

As with any loan arrival from overseas, there is a clause built into the deal to convert it into a permanent switch, should the Senegalese centre-half prove a success at the Stadium of Light.

And after travelling to London to watch live Premier League action during his days at French side Rennes, Mangane has outlined his determination to impress Martin O’Neill and prove he is more than just a stop-gap signing.

Mangane told the Echo: “Listen, I’m going to give everything while I’m here to stay beyond the summer.

“Sunderland are a very good club that are looking to make progress and it would be great if I had the opportunity to sign permanently.

“It’s a team that can get better and better.

“It’s been a dream of mine to play in England. Ever since I was in France, I’ve wanted to come to the Premier League for a long time.

“On a few occasions, I came over to watch the matches in London, usually to either Chelsea or Arsenal. So I’m very happy to come to Sunderland.”

While Mangane was well briefed in the Premier League, he did his research on Sunderland prior to his arrival from the Middle East.

He spoke with Benin forward Stephane Sessegnon, who he faced in the French League, and also got the views of ex-Sunderland man and international team-mate El-Hadji Diouf.

“I knew about Sunderland from speaking to Sessegnon and El-Hadji Diouf and they all spoke very well of the club,” said the 29-year-old.

“It’s a very professional group here. I was there for the match at Wigan and it’s clear that there’s some good players here.”

Mangane almost got his move to the Premier League last summer before a £4million switch to West Ham fell through.

Instead, Mangane made the move to Al-Hilal and although the 6ft 5in defender insists he was ready for a fresh challenge after four years at Rennes, he is glad to have moved on just six months into his stint in Saudi Arabia.

“I was close to going to West Ham last season,” he added. “I held talks with the club, but for some reason, the move didn’t happen. I don’t know why.

“Then I decided to go to Saudi Arabia which was obviously not at the same level.

“I wanted a change because I’d been at Rennes for a long time. For me, it was time to get a new experience in my career.

“It didn’t work out and then the option came up to come here on loan. This loan for me is perfect and I’m happy to be here.”