Sunderland signing Johnson: I was frozen out at Man City

Sunderland signing Adam Johnson has taken aim at Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini.

Sunderland signing Adam Johnson has taken aim at Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini.

The 25-year-old is loving every minute of life since his £10m move to boyhood idols Sunderland – because he feels wanted again.

Johnson said: “Martin O’Neill’s been brilliant. As soon as I spoke to him he made me feel wanted.

“He’s a manager I can have a good ­relationship with.

“It’s nice to get praise. You can only take so much criticism and no praise as a player, no matter who you are. I’m sure the gaffer will tell me when I’ve done something wrong here but you have to have that ­balance.

“The other night, when I made my Sunderland debut, it felt as if I’d finally have the chains taken off me. The manager has already given me that confidence and freedom. It’s what I need.”

When Johnson joined City from Middlesbrough, he knew his days as an automatic choice were over. But he still does not think he was given a fair crack of the whip there.

He added: “There were games when I deserved to be playing. I felt I could have given more.”

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