El-Hadji Ba 'proud' after moving to Sunderland

The France Under-20 international has only made 13 first-team appearances for Le Havre in his short career, and is excited about the prospect of playing in the Premier League
New Sunderland signing El-Hadji Ba has expressed his delight at making the step up from the French second division to the Premier League.

The France Under-20 international moved to the Stadium of Light on a free transfer from Le Havre in July, having made 13 appearances for the Ligue 2 side after breaking into the first team midway through last season.

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He told the club’s official website of his excitement about the challenge of making a name for himself with the Black Cats, stating: “I am very happy to have joined Sunderland, which is such a big club.
“It is a very proud moment to be able to call myself a Sunderland player. The Barclays Premier League, for me, is a very big league – the best in the world.

“There are very good players here so I am very happy.”

Since joining up with Paolo Di Canio’s men on their training camp in Italy last week, the 20-year-old has already made a 20-minute cameo in Wednesday’s 1-0 friendly win over Swiss side Chiasso, and admits he is enjoying the experience.

“It is good to be able to get used to my new team-mates straight away, to get to know them and improve my English,” he explained.

“The training camp has been good and we are looking forward to the season. More and more it is good for the team and I am very proud to be here.

“This is a very big club – I am sure I will enjoy it.”