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Zenden happy playing for Bruce at Sunderland

Bolo Zenden is happy with his move to Sunderland.

The former Barcelona, Chelsea, Liverpool and Middlesbrough veteran admits Bruce's influence was a big factor in him returning to the North-East.

Zenden, 33, said: "I already knew Sunderland and the area from time with Boro and when I saw the kind of players Steve Bruce had already brought here, I wanted to come here.

"The manager was a major factor in my decision. He came to the club, made changes and breathed new life into the place.

"He brought in some quality players - when Darren Bent left Spurs, the only club he wanted to join was Sunderland, which was a big sign that the club is heading in the right direction.

"What we're trying to do here is to get the club to another level. It won't happen overnight - it will take a little bit of time - but as we all know, in football you don't always have a lot of time.

"I felt that the club had everything I was looking for. Obviously, Sunderland is not as glamorous as Barcelona or Chelsea or Liverpool, but the main thing is that the club, and the city, breathes football."



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