SULLEY Muntari insists he harbours no ill-feelings towards parent club Inter Milan – despite being frozen out at the San Siro.
Muntari had played a key role in Inter’s success under former manager Jose Mourinho – helping the Italian outfit lift two league titles, the Italian Cup and the Champions League.
But since Rafa Benitez succeeded Mourinho last summer and was then replaced by current boss Leonardo, Muntari has been confined to the bench.
The ex-Portsmouth midfielder made just two starts in Serie A this season before being allowed to join Sunderland on loan until the end of the campaign, with a view to a permanent switch.
Muntari is not bitter at losing his spot at Inter, although he admits he jumped at the chance to join fellow Ghanaians John Mensah and Asamoah Gyan at the Stadium of Light after speaking to Black Cats boss Steve Bruce.
The 26-year-old told the Echo: “I didn’t play much for Inter this year, but that’s part of football.
“You have good seasons and then you have bad ones. You just have to accept it.
“I wanted to come here because Asa and John are both here.
“They gave me hope and it was an easy decision to make.
“As soon as I spoke to the manager, I made up my mind.”
Muntari was pleasantly surprised to be thrown straight into his debut at Stoke City last weekend after just three days of training with his new team-mates.
He expects a different test against Champions League-chasing Tottenham tonight, with plenty of familiar faces in the opposing dressing room.
Muntari played under Spurs boss Harry Redknapp, left, at Portsmouth while Jermain Defoe, Peter Crouch and Niko Kranjcar were all team-mates at Fratton Park.
“Harry is a really good manager,” he added.
“They’re a good side above us. We want to catch them and win and we’ll try our best.
“It will definitely be a different game to Stoke, but it won’t be easy.
“The manager has belief in me, so gave me the chance to play at Stoke, which was good because there are some good players on the bench, like (Bolo) Zenden and (Steed) Malbranque.
“They’re good guys and we all want to do well.”