Andrea Dossena happy to be back in Premier League at Sunderland


ANDREA DOSSENA is relishing the prospect of a second opportunity in English football after making his debut against Sunderland five years ago.

Dossena moved to the Stadium of Light on a one-year deal last night after Sunderland agreed undisclosed terms with Italian outfit Napoli for the left-back.

The 31-year-old made 18 Premier League appearances during an 18-month stint with Liverpool before joining Napoli for £4.25million in January 2010 - his top flight bow coming in August 2008 in the Merseysider’s 1-0 win on Wearside.

And Dossena admits he jumped at the chance to return to England to work under Paolo Di Canio after Sunderland made a weekend approach for the services of the 10-time Italian international, who flew to the North East yesterday morning.

“My first game for Liverpool was against Sunderland and I remember the stadium; the atmosphere was amazing,” said Dossena.

“I’m very happy to come back to England and now I can start to work with an Italian manager.

“I know his kind of football, his kind of work. He works hard and tries to do his best on the pitch.

“It was an easy decision to come to Sunderland.

“The Premier League is the most beautiful league in the world.

“I left in 2010, but I was angry to leave this country and now I’ve come back because I think I can do my best for Sunderland.”

Dossena became Sunderland’s 14th and final signing of the summer after following compatriot Fabio Borini to the Stadium of Light before the transfer deadline.

And with such a new-look squad, Dossena admits it is crucial Sunderland quickly find some harmony, particularly after taking just a solitary point from the opening three Premier League games.

“I can see there is a great organisation here and all the staff try to do their best,” he added to the club’s website.

“We have to learn quickly what the boss wants from us.

“We have to work as a group, in one language and one kind of football that the boss wants.”