ALFRED N’DIAYE insists his departure from Sunderland was amicable, despite leaving the Stadium of Light after just six months.
N’Diaye agreed a shock season-long loan with Turkish side Eskisehirspor last month after starting 15 of 17 Premier League games for Sunderland, following his £3.7million January arrival from Bursaspor.
The 23-year-old has rubbished suggestions that he was involved in a spat with Paolo Di Canio.
But N’Diaye admits that the Sunderland head coach couldn’t guarantee him a starting place in the Black Cats’ midfield, which prompted his exit.
N’Diaye said: “There was no problem with the coach.
“We talked about my expectations because I need playing time, so it was agreed to my loan and I chose Turkey.
“I arrived in the winter and everything went well.
“I loved my team-mates, fans and also the coaching.
“But there was a change of coach with the arrival of Di Canio.
“So I talked with him to know what he planned for me because I’m at an age where I need to play.
“He could not guarantee me playing time so I was hoping that a loan would be agreed.”
N’Diaye made 51 appearances in the Turkish top flight during his two seasons at Bursaspor and he has now reunited with his former manager Ertugrul Saglam at Eskisehirspor.
The ex-France Under-21 international says there were several clubs interested in his signature, but Eskiehirspor were able to offer him the prospect of regular first-team football.
And the move already seems to have reaped rewards, with N’Diaye receiving a maiden call-up to the Senegal squad for next week’s clash with Zambia.
“I had several offers, but it is this one in Turkey that gave me the most motivation,” added N’Diaye.
“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.
“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.
“And perhaps the Senegal call would not have opened up otherwise. I am very proud to be called up.”