Sebastian Coates has revealed the major factor behind his loan move to the Stadium of Light - but suggests a permanent deal is not on the cards.
And Coates says the Poyet factor was crucial in securing his move.
The Black Cats boss, also a Uruguayan, has impressed the 23-year-old with his progress as a manager since starting out at Brighton and Coates says he was keen to work with him at the Stadium of Light.
“He was really good for Uruguay and he was a great player, as a manager he keeps improving after starting with Brighton where he did really well," he told Sunderland's official website.
“For me it is really important to be here, he spoke with me and I know what he wants from me which is also important.”
However, another motive behind the centre-back's loan move might suggest he is not keen on a permanent move to Sunderland.
Indeed, Coates added added: “He tries to play good football and that is really important for me because at Liverpool it was the same style.”
The 23-year-old, then, looks focused on returning to the Reds once his loan spell is over, as opposed to trying to impress his way into a permanent move.
Coates has only made 12 Premier League appearances for Liverpool since moving to Anfield in 2011, totalling 717 minutes of game time.
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