Yann M’Vila is eager to get his Sunderland career under way in this weekend’s Premier League opener against Leicester City.
M’Vila was today confirmed as Sunderland’s fifth signing of the summer after the French international agreed a season-long loan deal with the Black Cats, with a view to a permanent move next summer.
I’m very excited to play against Leicester and I’m looking forward to playing my first game in the Premier League.
The midfielder - who trained with Sunderland for the first time yesterday - has a chequered history off-the-field, yet is regarded as a big talent in his homeland, where he has been capped 22 times by France.
And after joining Sunderland from Russian club Ruben Kazan for his first taste of Premier League football, M’Vila is hoping to be part of the squad for Sunderland’s trip to Leicester on Saturday.
“I’m very excited to play against Leicester and I’m looking forward to playing my first game in the Premier League,” he said.
“I’m a midfielder who has good vision. I’m a good passer of the ball. I like to play box-to-box but I can also sit in front of the back four and protect the defence.
“I’ve played in France, Russia and Italy, so I have good experience.
“And I’ve also played against England for the national team.
“Many people have spoken to me before I joined the club and I believe Dick Advocaat can help me progress.
“I also know the assistant, Zelkjo Petrovic, very well.
“I had a very good feeling training with the team, every player welcomed me and the feeling was very good with them so I’m excited for the start of the season.”
M’Vila had been expected to join Dynamo Moscow this summer after a fall-out with Ruben Kazan, but Sunderland made an approach last week after their coffers were boosted by Crystal Palace’s move for Connor Wickham.
And with a permanent clause inserted the loan deal, the former Rennes man is likely to remain at the Stadium of Light beyond this season.
Sporting director Lee Congerton said: “Yann is a player who is highly regarded by a number of the elite clubs across Europe, playing for his national team of France from a young age.
“The Premier League presents a fresh challenge for him, it’s one I know he is relishing and we are delighted to welcome him to the club.”