Jack Rodwell says Sunderland is the place to be after Manchester City move

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JACK RODWELL insists Gus Poyet’s vision for Sunderland persuaded him to move to the Stadium of Light.

Midfielder Rodwell today completed his move from Manchester City after penning a five-year deal with the Black Cats for an undisclosed fee, thought to be potentially rising to £10million.

Sunderland have been one of a number of Premier League clubs chasing Rodwell’s signature this summer after he has started just seven top flight games during an injury-hit two-year spell at Man City.

But after Sunderland’s bid was accepted by Man City last week, the 23-year-old agreed to become Poyet’s most expensive signing since the Uruguayan became Black Cats boss.

Rodwell said: “I met up with the head coach and all the people involved with the club. They told me about the club and their vision and it swayed me.

“It’s such a good club with passionate fans and I can’t wait to get on board. This is a great place for me to be.”

Rodwell, capped three times by England, was one of the most promising youngsters in the country after coming through the ranks at Everton.

But after joining City in a £12m deal two years ago, he was plagued by persistent hamstring problems.