Ever since he returned to France, signing for Saint-Etienne in January, Yann M’Vila cannot stop talking about his time at Sunderland and how much he enjoyed it there.
Invited on SFR Sport’s Breaking Foot, the defensive midfielder was made to watch his free-kick against Aston Villa, and recalled his time at the Stadium of Light.
Remembering the affinity the fans had towards him, M’Vila was proud to have had a song made for him after just a handful of games, and will never forget how much that meant to him.
In fact, the Premier League (and England in general) left such a big impression on him that he’d be open to a return across the Channel if it presented itself.
Relayed by Onze Mondial, he said: “I’m only 27. I signed at Saint-Etienne until 2019. I’m very happy there. I’m only thinking about football, the pitch. My agent does the rest. I spent an extraordinary year at Sunderland. It’s the best league in the world. Return? Why not.
“Only God knows if I’ll be at Saint-Etienne next year. For now, I don’t know. With the board and the manager, we can still dream of Europe. We’ll be able to sit down around a table and talk on May 19th”.
Impressing since his French comeback, there’s a good chance a few mid-table Premier League will come knocking in the summer.
However, with the Black Cats currently fighting against relegation to League One, were M’Vila to move back to England, Sunderland seems like an unlikely destination.