New Sunderland signing Cabral prepared for Premier League test

Sunderland midfielder Cabral believes he can cope with the demands of playing in the Premier League.

Sunderland midfielder Cabral believes he can cope with the demands of playing in the Premier League.

"This is a new challenge for me and I am looking forward to it," the 24 year old said.

"Playing in Basle, we won everything in Switzerland, and I played in the Champions League and Europa League.

"Now I have a new challenge in England and, for me, it is the best league."

Cabral has also been impressed by boss Paolo Di Canio.

He said: "The coach is outstanding. First he was a big player, now a great coach. He gives everything for the team.

"I like the coach. He is passionate and always wanting the team to do better."

"In Basle, there are passionate fans - around 20,000 or so per game - but this is different," he added.

"Every game we play, the fans are always there and that is important for the team. In the game, I battle for the fans."

Have your say