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N'Diaye denies Di Canio problem

Sunderland midfielder Alfred N'Diaye is adamant his return to Turkey has been sparked by his desire to play rather than a fall-out with manager Paolo Di Canio.

The club confirmed just over a week ago N'Diaye would surprisingly join Eskisehirspor on a season-long loan, despite only arriving from another Turkish side, Bursaspor, in a £3.8million deal in January.

The former France Under-21 international, however, has opted to move as Di Canio could not guarantee him first-team football this season.

"There was no problem with the coach," confirmed N'Diaye, in the Sunderland Echo.

"We talked about my expectations because I need playing time. I'm at an age where I need to play, so it was agreed to my loan and I chose Turkey.

"After the half-season I spent at Sunderland, starting on the bench was not what I wanted.

"I am only 23, but you must play every week to progress. I could have stayed at Sunderland, but I preferred the loan."

The move sees N'Diaye reunited with his former coach at Bursapsor, Ertugrul Saglam, who is now with Eskisehirspor. He has also received a maiden call-up to the Senegal squad for a game with Zambia next week.

N'Diaye, who played in 16 matches last season including 15 starts, added: "I had several offers, but it is this one in Turkey that gave me the most motivation.

"I know the coach, I spoke with him and he is counting on me for the upcoming season. This offer guaranteed me the most playing time."

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