Stokes: Keane convinced me to choose Sunderland over Celtic

Anthony Stokes admits he could have joined Celtic, but wanted to play for Roy Keane at Sunderland.

The former Arsenal striker told the Guardian: "I had a week to sort out my future and it was one of the biggest decisions of my life but, ultimately, it came down to the fact Roy Keane was at Sunderland. I went to Celtic, and also Charlton, and at both clubs they wanted me to sign there and then. They put a lot of unfair pressure on me.

"Celtic, in particular, knew I wanted to play for them but it wasn't fair the way they suddenly produced a contract, put it in front of me and expected me to make up my mind straight away. A few other things went on, but at Sunderland it was totally different. The gaffer's exact words were, 'Take your time, there's no pressure.'"

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