After a very successful loan spell with Rennes, Wahbi Khazri knew he’d have to leave Sunderland, relegated to League One, but he chose to move to another club instead of staying in Brittany.

Despite having the option to stay at the club he was temporarily sent to, the Tunisia forward decided to transfer to Saint-Etienne, teaming up once more with another former Black Cat: Yann M’Vila.

The defensive midfielder joined the Ligue 1 side last January in order to relaunch his career after a problematic spell in Russia, and succeeded in his endeavour.

Now on a long term contract, the Sunderland favourite will get to play with Khazri, who told But! Football Club M’Vila played a big part in his choice.

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He said: “He honestly only told me good things. He wanted me to come at all costs. We get along really well. He’s a great player. I had such a great time in England with him. He told me so much great stuff about the club, the squad, the staff. He told me that if I came, I wouldn’t regret it”.

Explaining that the former Sunderland midfielder’s presence at the club was ‘clearly’ an extra motivation to sign, Khazri isn’t regretting his choice, having already scored in their season opener with a great volley.