Gardner welcomes ex-Villa pal Cuellar to Sunderland

Craig Gardner has welcomed the arrival at Sunderland of Carlos Cuellar from Aston Villa.

Craig Gardner has welcomed the arrival at Sunderland of Carlos Cuellar from Aston Villa.

Gardner believes the fact the 30-year-old has played for manager Martin O’Neill previously will help him settle straight in at the Stadium of Light.

The midfielder told the Birmingham Mail: “Carlos knows what the gaffer wants, which is crucial, and his drive and enthusiasm for the game are unbelievable.

“I was with Carlos for two years at Villa.

“He is a top lad – solid, strong and he is a really nice lad to have around the place.

“All the lads have welcomed him and he is enjoying it. “He has a lot of experience from playing in Spain and at Villa.

“He always talks – although you might not be able to understand him at times! – and he makes sure everyone stays on their toes.”

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