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The midfielder rubbished suggestions of a fall-out despite the fact he has joined Eskisehirspor on loan, having only arrived from Bursaspor in a £3.8 million deal in January

Alfred N'Diaye has dismissed claims he fell out with Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio after he left the club on loan, having only arrived in January.

The midfielder joined the club during the winter transfer window for £3.8 million from Bursaspor but lost his place in the team following the appointment of Paolo Di Canio in March.

The 23-year-old completed a move to Eskisehirspor on a season-long loan last month but says it has nothing to do with a bust-up with the Black Cats manager.

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"There was no problem with the coach," N'Diaye told the Sunderland Echo.

"We talked about my expectations because I need playing time. I'm at an age where I need to play, so it was agreed to my loan and I chose Turkey.

"After the half-season I spent at Sunderland, starting on the bench was not what I wanted.

"I am only 23, but you must play every week to progress. I could have stayed at Sunderland, but I preferred the loan."

The move sees N'Diaye reunited with his former coach at Bursaspor, Ertugrul Saglam, who is now in charge at Eskisehirspor.

He added: "I had several offers, but it is this one in Turkey that gave me the most motivation.

"I know the coach, I spoke with him and he is counting on me for the upcoming season. This offer guaranteed me the most playing time."